Dancehall Queen (1997)

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A single street vendor disguises herself for a dance contest, and pits her enemies against each other.


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Pauline Stone Myrie ...
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Patrice Harrison ...
Anika Grason ...
Donald Thompson ...
Henry Brown
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A single street vendor disguises herself for a dance contest, and pits her enemies against each other.

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Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cinderela da Jamaica  »

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Box Office


JMD 35,390,673 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,627 (USA) (10 October 1997)


$162,723 (USA) (31 October 1997)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


[in Jamaican accent]
[after killing Sonny]
Priest: Walk and live. Talk and bumbaclaat dead.
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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #2.2 (1997) See more »

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Caribbean Cinderella
25 November 2006 | by (U.S. Virgin Islands) – See all my reviews

Dancehall Queen is one of the best movies to come out of the Caribbean region that has become an underground classic; confirming that there are wonderful stories outside of the United States and Europe that are entertaining and have a universal appeal. Marcia is an ordinary street vendor who has ambitions and the hope to improve her life and that of her family. It is Cinderella with an island twist.

The nondescript woman goes through her daily existence scraping out a living in the ghetto. She is presented with the chance to earn a considerable amount of money on her own. She must transform into one of the dancehall queens, the colorful extroverted entertainers whose sensual moves are the pulse of the dancehall reggae scene. It appears that the garish outfits and wigs enable Marcia to hide behind her insecurities and she transforms into a seductress.

The film boasts a vicious character, Priest, that can rival any of the villains seen in the big budget Hollywood movies. The actor's portrayal of the rude boy is classic. The Jamaican dialect does not prevent you from enjoying a funny, entertaining film that that captures a slice of life not often seen. It embraces the cutting edge world of dancehall reggae sharing it with the entire world.

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