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 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 ... 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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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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Alternate Versions

A open matte version in 1.85 ratio was edited on the french DVD in 2006. See more »


Soundtracks

Ehlala
Lyrics Written by Zola (as Bonginkosi Dlamini)
Music Written by DJ Cleo (as Cleopas Monyepao) & Thabiso Tsotetsi
Performed by Zola
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Outstanding!
2 April 2006 | by johnswhiteheadSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. The setting is harsh, the opening is violent and the violence returns at times through the film. But the message is of the redemptive power of love for children and the way that reproduction, even by proxy, is a civilising force. What's really remarkable, though of a piece with Fugard's hard-nosed stage work, is that this is all done without sentimentality and without a conventional happy ending.

The acting is outstanding in particular from Presley Chweneyagae and Nambitha Mpumlwana. The music is a revelation -- I've just bought the soundtrack from iTunes and am listening to it as I write this.

The political message that I derived from the film (though it doesn't preach) concerns the extraordinary patience of the inhabitants of Soweto. It's 16 years or so since change started happening in South Africa, but so few problems seem to have been solved. One doesn't have to apportion blame for this to wonder how long it can go on without serious problems arising.


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Country:

UK | South Africa

Language:

Zulu | Xhosa | Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tsotsi See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,324, 26 February 2006

Gross USA:

$2,912,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,891,303
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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