MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,402 this week

Tsotsi (2005)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 23,207 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 169 user | 148 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 02 Mar 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 19 Mar 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 10 Dec 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Tsotsi" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tsotsi (2005)

Tsotsi (2005) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tsotsi.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two young children - Stas and Nel - are kidnapped and taken to Muslumans' leader Mahdi.

Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Adam Fidusiewicz, Karolina Sawka, Artur Zmijewski
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid.

Director: Ralph Ziman
Stars: Rapulana Seiphemo, Jeffrey Zekele, Ronnie Nyakale
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

Director: Caroline Link
Stars: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich
Paradise Now (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau
Crime | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow
Rendition (2007)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US.

Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A drama about political prisoners playing soccer at Robben Island prison, where Nelson Mandela was held.

Director: Junaid Ahmed
Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Wright Ngubeni, Az Abrahams
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

With issues of his own, an ex-army officer-turned-lawyer defends an impoverished young cowherd of killing a baby.

Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Gavin Hood, Nigel Hawthorne, Janine Eser
Short | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An elderly man owns a small, isolated general store, somewhere in rural South Africa. After suffering a series of burglaries, which culminate in the murder of a night-watchman, the ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Amanda Dakada, Vusi Kunene, Gift Leotlela
Yogi I (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Poverty draws many young men in the sultry tin shacks and alleyways of Indian mega-cities to violence. For Yogi, assaults have become a daily routine, so much so that the sight of his ... See full summary »

Director: Subramaniam Siva
Stars: Vincent Ashokan, Devaraj, 'Ganja' Karuppu
Adventure | Drama

A team of 20 men and more than 200 sled dogs race against time and harsh weather conditions to combat an epidemic of diphtheria afflicting a Gold Rush town deep in Alaska.

Director: Gavin Hood
Edit

Cast

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

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

23 December 2005 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Infância Roubada  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,179 (New Zealand) (2 June 2006)

Gross:

$2,912,363 (USA) (7 July 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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: [after hearing a defining moment in Tsotsi/David's childhood] What kind of bastard would break a dog's back?
See more »


Soundtracks

Bhambatha
Written by Thabiso Tsotetsi
Performed by Zola
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A true gem
2 December 2005 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Seldom do I see a film that makes me want to start babbling about it to everyone I meet. I even registered just to vote and to say a few words.

Beautiful pictures, simple story and one tremendously talented actor by the name of Presley. This man is a national treasure to be cherished as a god of African cinematography. I had the feeling that he could make even the worst movie with the most tragic script into Shakespeare. Don't let the world forget this actor, because seldom do you see such raw talent, so much body and facial expression and so much depth. And he probably doesn't even have a formal education.

Congratulations to Gavin Hood, the Polish producers and above all to Lance Gewers, who I think should win Camerimage.

There was a question at the press conference, where one of the press seemed almost disgusted that Gewers did the unfashionable and instead of filming from the hand like in "City of God" he decided for the static approach. I hate fundamentalism of any sorts and it seems that right now everybody thinks hand-filming to be the only way to go.

I agree with Gewers: If a film is shot from the hand then the story stops being about the people and becomes about 'technical tricks'. Lance Gewers, I salute you.


49 of 79 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'Tsotsi' versus 'City of god' yuriym1
Amateurish and sluggish smelybum
tsotsi or crash? mira10
Infamous Dog Scene - When Does it Occur/What Chapter? northface778
The dog scene mir788
Subtitle Typo ronspivak
Discuss Tsotsi (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?