The Rockers is an innovative film from Jamaica. It was created by filmmaker Theodoros Bafaloukos. The film is very unique because it was originally meant to be a documentary film but became a partially scripted feature-length film. The film is in Jamaican Patois, and English subtitles are used. The movie provides a detailed look at the beginnings of reggae music and the reggae culture in general. A portion of the film is shot at Harry J Studios, an actual location where many reggae artists recorded their music throughout the 1970s.
Each one of the musicians in the movie actually portrays themselves. The lead character is Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace. He is a reggae drummer from Kingston. He sells and distributes records throughout the island and acts as a Jamaican Robin Hood of reggae music.
Other legends of reggae music to appear in the film were Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall, Gregory "Jah Tooh" Issacs, Manley "Big Youth" Buchanan, Winston "Burning Spear" Rodney, Frank "Kiddus I" Dowding, Jacob "Jakes" Miller, Lester "Dillinger" Bullocks, Jack Ruby and Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare.
The soundtrack is still considered one of the most important albums in telling the history of reggae music. The soundtrack was also produced by Theodoros Bafaloukos and features 14 classic songs that were used in the film. Some of the songs from the album include "We A Rockers" by Inner Circle, "Money Worries" by The Maytones, "Fade Away" by Junior Byles, "Natty Take Over" by Justin Hines and the Dominoes, "Books of Rules" by The Heptones, "Stepping Razor" by Peter Tosh, "Jah No Dead" by Burning Spear, "Satta Massagna" by Third World and the title track "Rockers" by Bunny Wailer.
The film is a direct link to some of beginnings of the Reggae and Rastafarian movements and ideas. Winston "Burning Spear" Rodney, amongst others, was one of the leaders of the Rastafarian lifestyle. The film provides a look through the window at a very influential time in music.