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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Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thokozani Nkosi ... Young Vusi
Ron Smerczak ... Interrogation Policeman (as Ron Smerczac)
Wilson Dunster Wilson Dunster ... Heavy Policeman
Ice Cube ... Vusi Madlazi
Sechaba Morojele Sechaba Morojele ... Ernest Madlazi
Peter Khubeke Peter Khubeke ... Igqira (as Peter Kubheka)
Roslyn Morapedi Roslyn Morapedi ... Vusi's Mother
Elizabeth Hurley ... Karen
Mabel Mafuya Mabel Mafuya ... Woman
Fana Mokoena ... Youth
Maimela Motubatse Maimela Motubatse ... Youth
Nkululeko Mabandla Nkululeko Mabandla ... Youth
Robert Whitehead ... Sandton Hotel Receptionist
Gresham Phetjaulima Gresham Phetjaulima ... Bellboy
Tony Caprari Tony Caprari ... Bar Owner
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Storyline

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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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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 »

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Trivia

When Vusi first meets Muki, Muki can be seen sucking on a chicken's foot. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

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It's Alright
Written by T. Shaw, C. Butler, B. Freeman
Performed by Too $hort, featuring UGK
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Bad Direction
17 March 2004 | by AmpersSee all my reviews

Enjoyed the film, although nothing to write home about, and actually thought Liz Hurley played her part well, although I don't like her very much.

I know a little Zulu and one scene fascinated me. It was at a funeral in the kraal of Ice Cube's family. He is supposed to be a Xhosa (ko-sa), but I swear the others were speaking in Zulu. I may be wrong, but if right, this is extremely amusing as the Zulus and Xhosas tend to start killing each other from the age of around twelve!

I wondered why, when they were supposed to be at a funeral, they seemed to be laughing, perhaps they saw the funny side. :-)

If I am right, then the producer and director ought to be shot for employing zulu actors playing Xhosa people, yet speaking Zulu.


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Country:

USA | South Africa

Language:

English | Zulu

Release Date:

12 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Ground See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,647,745, 17 February 1997

Gross USA:

$5,303,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,406,742
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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