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Tsotsi (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama | 31 March 2006 (USA)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director:

Gavin Hood

Writers:

Gavin Hood, Athol Fugard (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Presley Chweneyagae ... Tsotsi
Terry Pheto ... Miriam
Kenneth Nkosi Kenneth Nkosi ... Aap
Mothusi Magano ... Boston
Zenzo Ngqobe Zenzo Ngqobe ... Butcher
Zola Zola ... Fela
Rapulana Seiphemo Rapulana Seiphemo ... John Dube
Nambitha Mpumlwana Nambitha Mpumlwana ... Pumla Dube
Nonthuthu Sibisi Nonthuthu Sibisi ... The Baby
Ntuthuko Sibisi Ntuthuko Sibisi ... The Baby
Jerry Mofokeng Jerry Mofokeng ... Morris
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Captain Smit
Percy Matsemela Percy Matsemela ... Sergeant Zuma
Thembi Nyandeni Thembi Nyandeni ... Soekie
Owen Sejake Owen Sejake ... Gumboot Dlamini
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Storyline

In Johannesburg, a small time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen. Written by based on the review by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In this world... redemption just comes once. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some strong violent content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | South Africa

Language:

Zulu | Xhosa | Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Infância Roubada See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$140,510 (South Africa), 3 February 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,324, 26 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,912,363, 9 July 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Miramax release since founders Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein left the company. See more »

Goofs

When Tsotsi enters the room of the kidnapped child, you can see (on the right hand side) that the wall paper is false. See more »

Quotes

Morris: Now look what you've done... you've made an old man piss his pants
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Remade as Yogi (2009) See more »

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Mdlwembe
Written by Kabelo Ikaneng (as Kabelo 'Kaybee' Ikaneng)
Performed by Zola aka
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Wonderful film!
30 August 2005 | by nemo1043See all my reviews

Unforgettable

Tsotsi is gorgeous, riveting, poignant, and thrilling. Not only is it a first-rate piece of storytelling, but it also takes the viewer into a world of South African poverty and crime that he has never seen before. Director/writer Gavin Hood offers us a tale of tragic redemption and uncommon poetry in a subculture of the most abject immorality. Truly unforgettable.

The only work in recent times to which this movie can be compared is City of God. There, too, the viewer is brought into a world of poverty and crime he probably never knew existed. It is a world so bleak that it forces the viewer to examine his own morality and wonder how much of the civility he takes for granted in his life is merely the luxury of the well fed and comfortable. These characters live on the edge and their primary passion is survival.

What makes Tsotsi, in the end, a finer film than City of God is that it offers a more complex sense of hope; it reminds us in an honest and unsentimental way that inside even the hardest cases there is a soul, which is never beyond redemption


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