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Dangerous Ground (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  12 February 1997 (USA)
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Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thokozani Nkosi ...
Ron Smerczak ...
Interrogation Policeman (as Ron Smerczac)
Wilson Dunster ...
Heavy Policeman
Sechaba Morojele ...
Ernest Madlazi
Peter Khubeke ...
Igqira (as Peter Kubheka)
Roslyn Morapedi ...
Vusi's Mother
Mabel Mafuya ...
Maimela Motubatse ...
Nkululeko Mabandla ...
Robert Whitehead ...
Sandton Hotel Receptionist
Gresham Phetjaulima ...
Tony Caprari ...
Bar Owner


Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother Ernest, who tells him their other brother Stephen couldn't be contacted. Vusi goes to Johannesburg to find him, but at first can only find his neighbor/girlfriend, Karin, a stripper. Vusi proceeds to learn how conditions have changed since the end of apartheid, not always for the better for black men. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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What he wants is revenge. What he gets is the fight of his life.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug use and language, and for some nudity | See all certifications »






Release Date:

12 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A visszatérés  »

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Box Office


$5,079,851 (USA) (7 March 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Went straight to VHS in Australia. See more »


Karin's and Steven's apartments appear to be on the street level if you look from the street, but when Karin goes out the window to cross to Steven's apartment there's a street way down below. See more »


Vusi Madlazi: Kaffir? What's that?
Iron Guard: You.
Vusi Madlazi: Yeah, but what does it mean? Is it like warrior, king, god, chief? What is it?
Iron Guard: It means you must watch your mouth, boy.
Vusi Madlazi: Well, I got your boy right here.
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References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »


Natural Mystic
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley
Courtesy of Island Records
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A punchline betraying not a jot of joy or insight
12 November 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This 'motion picture' is an absolute joke. It simply cannot be taken seriously; taking on the South African situation and inserting Ice Cube and Elizabeth Hurley just about sums it up. And it can't even be 'taken humorously' as the whole charade is so utterly joyless and deadly dull.

This film is cliché-addled in the extreme; South Africa is presented, pretty much, as any old place; only distinguished by the occasional accent and the excessive crime rate. Any sense of reality is out of the equation, as is entertaining or useful usage of melodrama or other non-naturalistic forms. One has to laugh really; there's nothing else to do when you are presented with the posturing and faux-sincerity invested in the film by its average team of actors. But it is a hollow laugh, betraying not a jot of joy or insight.

The weak storyline, which does not engage the mind on any level, is sketched out through dialogue by turns dull and absurd. As ever in 'serious' films inflected by her presence, Liz Hurley is a liability. The woman just cannot act it seems; thus, she seems more effective simply hamming up her own image in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and "Bedazzled". Her attempts at a South Africa accent gad around all over the globe; an embarrassingly inept effort, in truth. Yes, she 'looks good', depending quite upon one's own tastes, but it appears that that is the only reason she is here - along with her ubiquitous, 'dat skirt'-fuelled star name.

So, a damn well disastrous film, and a real waste of time spent watching it.

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