Wayne and Biggs grow up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Eventually moving to Miami, they begin a ruthless climb to the top of a criminal enterprise as they aggressively take control of the Jamaican mob.

Director:

Cess Silvera

Writer:

Cess Silvera

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ky-Mani Marley Ky-Mani Marley ... Biggs (as Kymani Marley)
Spragga Benz Spragga Benz ... Wayne
Louie Rankin Louie Rankin ... Teddy Bruck Shut
Paul Campbell ... Mad Max
Wyclef Jean ... Richie
J.R. Silvera J.R. Silvera ... Young Biggs
Carlton Grant Jr. Carlton Grant Jr. ... Young Wayne
Munair Zacca Munair Zacca ... Mr. Anderson
Claudette Pious Claudette Pious ... Auntie Pauline
Isiah Laing Isiah Laing ... Detective Laing
Beast Beast ... Teddy Bruck Shut's Hitman
Jabba ... Dangles (as Jabba Mitchell)
Screechie Bop Screechie Bop ... Gussy
San San San San ... Raquel
Andrew 'Flipper' Davis Andrew 'Flipper' Davis ... John John
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Wayne and Biggs grow up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Eventually moving to Miami, they begin a ruthless climb to the top of a criminal enterprise as they aggressively take control of the Jamaican mob.

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Taglines:

Friendship, loyalty & greed.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality/nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Spragga Benz's son, Carlton "Carlisle" Grant Jr., played the young Wayne character. See more »

Goofs

As Raquel gets shot from the front with a shotgun, initially there was no blood spill on the sofa. But later, as the camera was taking the shot of her dead body in front of the sofa, there was a huge blood spill on the sofa, implying that there should have been an exit wound on her back, which wasn't there. See more »

Crazy Credits

Very Special Thanks - All Bootleggers Worldwide ("Shottas" official PR Firm) NEVER AGAIN THOUGH! See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shottas for Life (2007) See more »

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Performed by Ky-Mani Marley (as Kymani Marley)
Written by Ky-Mani Marley (as Kymani Marley)
Courtesy of Tuff Gong Records, LP
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would a better version help?
26 January 2004 | by vieenblueSee all my reviews

A bit uneven, Shottas suffers from low quality transfers that just add to the film's problems. My dvd copy would sometimes cut to a black screen that would say: Insert more robbery scenes here. Technical problems aside: the meaningful dialogue is quite slim- character development seems aimed at an increase in robberies, the direction is lop-sided and meandering, never really wanting to show you much more than hot chicks and nice whips(would have made for a nice extended music video). While I did like the music, it's over-used and just sort of "there"- didn't do much for the film other than elicit some head-nodding on my part. The Anderson character is a joke-he's a political-bad guy cut-out. And how about that "tongue-in-cheek" joke about Wyclef's character banking on a music career? Horrible. Did I care what happened at the end of the film to the main characters? Not really, they were bad people who did bad things, a sentiment I held regarding Cess Silvera's directing effort.


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Country:

USA | Jamaica

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shottas See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, Jamaica See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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