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Tsotsi (2005)

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



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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

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Crime | Drama

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

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Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Infância Roubada  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,912,363 (USA) (7 July 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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SA film catches the international eye
11 September 2005 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

Tsotsi tells the story of a tiny fraction of current township life, contrasting to a pretty normal upper middle class family in SA. It's a story about people, love, life, the choices we make, and situations we are sometimes pushed into. Gavin told it like it is (even though he's living in LA, as a talented professional he has no choice), he still remains a boertjie,(local boy), This is our story, 80% of the Art dept live in the townships, and us Umlungus (Whities) depended on our guys to bring across the authenticity of the township life. The direction is superb, I have had the opportunity to work with Gavin before, so this was a dream come true. The combination of Kwaito and Score was masterfully put together. And for what it's worth, Ian Roberts (white cop) really speaks in vernacular. I am proud to have worked on Tsotsi. Though sad, it is full of hope as well. Proudly South African.

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