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Tsotsi (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama | 31 March 2006 (USA)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director:

Gavin Hood

Writers:

Gavin Hood, Athol Fugard (novel)
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Cast

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

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Hope Set Him Free See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | South Africa

Language:

Zulu | Xhosa | Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Infância Roubada See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,324, 26 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,912,363, 9 July 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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: Now look what you've done... you've made an old man piss his pants
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Soundtracks

Ghetto Scandalous
Performed by Zola (as Bonginkosi "Zola" Dlamini), Amu, Kabelo Ikaneng (as Kabelo "Kaybee" Ikaneng)
Performed by Zola
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SA film catches the international eye
11 September 2005 | by divaofdeathSee 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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