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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
"Jerusalema" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  29 August 2008 (South Africa)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rapulana Seiphemo ...
Lucky Kunene
Jeffrey Zekele ...
Nazareth
Ronnie Nyakale ...
Zakes Mbolelo
Shelley Meskin ...
Leah Friedlander (as Shelly Meskin)
Malusi Skenjana ...
Tony Ngu
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Inspector Blakkie Swart
Jafta Mamabolo ...
Young Kunene
Motlatsi Mahloko ...
Young Zakes
Kenneth Nkosi ...
Lucas Sithole
Sally Burdett ...
News reader
Lerato Moloi ...
Loretta Dlamini
Thandy Matlaila ...
Young Nomsa
Mzwandile Ngubeni ...
Young Bull
Gladys Mahlangu ...
Mama Kunene
Patrick Bakoba ...
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Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune - hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step ahead--or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down. Written by Official Site

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Rated R for violence, language, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,958 (USA) (11 June 2010)

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$4,958 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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A mixture of languages can be heard throughout the movie. Much of what the main characters speak to each other is township slang known as Tsotsitaal (literally 'gangster language') which is composed of vocabulary from Zulu, Sotho, Afrikaans, English, other African languages and invented slang. It is generally associated with young township-dwelling men, though some terms have entered mainstream South African parlance. See more »

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When Kunene is on the beach in Durban, at the end of the movie, the tracks made by the film crews vehicles are clearly visible. See more »

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Moving Account of Modern South Africa
5 November 2008 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

A movie that speaks to the core of the human spirit. As much as the movie is South African, anyone who has been faced with hardship will relate. Our dreams, when they shatter and fade painfully silently and the dark talents we discover in desperation for a moment to live the life we once aspired to. Seiphemo, Zekele and the supporting cast are brilliant on a script that pulls no punches, with impeccable direction. The overall execution leaves no vague on what goes wrong and how it becomes celebrated as fruits of crime are reaped and shared by even the most moral in our lives. South African cinema has moved to the next stage in evolution i.e. reflection on some of the darker sides of the new South Africa. A masterpiece.


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