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Tsotsi ()


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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

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Tsotsi
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Miriam
Kenneth Nkosi ...
Aap
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Boston
Zenzo Ngqobe ...
Butcher
Zola ...
Fela
Rapulana Seiphemo ...
John Dube
Nambitha Mpumlwana ...
Pumla Dube
Nonthuthu Sibisi ...
The Baby
Ntuthuko Sibisi ...
The Baby
Jerry Mofokeng ...
Morris
Ian Roberts ...
Captain Smit
Percy Matsemela ...
Sergeant Zuma
Thembi Nyandeni ...
Soekie
Owen Sejake ...
Gumboot Dlamini
Israel Matseke-Zulu ...
Mandla, Tsotsi's Father (as Israel Makoe)
Sindi Khambule ...
Tsotsi's Mother
Benny Moshe ...
Young Tsotsi
Bheki Vilakazi ...
Newspaper Vendor
Craig Palm ...
Young Cop
Jeremiah Ndlovu ...
Old Man at the Tap
Sibusiso Mkize ...
Young Aap
Lindokuhle Tloubatla ...
Miriam's Baby
Samuel Tsebe ...
Older Kid with Knife
Katlego Maribune ...
Little Boy at Pipes
Tumi Sejake ...
Little Girl at Pipes
Juwarriyah Nkopane ...
Little Girl at Pipes
Lennox Mathabathe ...
Policeman
Eduan van Jaarsveldt ...
Policeman
Brian Rolfe ...
Identikit Officer
Mbali Khumalo ...
Fela's Girl
Joyce Moshoeshoe ...
Member of Fela's Gang
Moses Timati ...
Member of Fela's Gang
Enoch Tsotetsi ...
Member of Fela's Gang
Edward Oliphant ...
Member of Fela's Gang
Capheus Manamela ...
Member of Fela's Gang (as Capieus Manamela)
Ishmael Songo ...
Member of Fela's Gang (as Ismael Songo)
Marven Lekopotsa ...
Fela's Driver (as Marven Lekohotsa)

Directed by

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Gavin Hood

Written by

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Gavin Hood ... (written by)
 
Athol Fugard ... (novel)

Produced by

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Sam Bhembe ... executive producer
Joseph D'Morais ... executive producer
Janine Eser ... associate producer
Liza Essers ... co-executive producer
Basil Ford ... executive producer
Henrietta Fudakowski ... associate producer
Peter Fudakowski ... producer
Alan Howden ... executive producer
Gavin Joubert ... line producer
Robert Little ... executive producer (as Robbie Little)
Rupert Lywood ... executive producer
Doug Mankoff ... executive producer
Paul Raleigh ... co-producer

Music by

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Paul Hepker
Mark Kilian

Cinematography by

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Lance Gewer

Film Editing by

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Megan Gill

Editorial Department

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Desmond Allan ... digital post-production coordinator
George Chavez ... color timer
Brett Manson ... digital intermediate colorist
Louise Mycielski ... post-production coordinator
Pravashanee Reddy ... first assistant editor
Carina Steyl ... post-production coordinator

Casting By

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Moonyeenn Lee

Production Design by

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Emilia Roux ... (as Emelia Weavind)

Art Direction by

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Mark Walker

Set Decoration by

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Nhlanhla Bhengu

Costume Design by

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Nadia Kruger
Pierre Vienings

Makeup Department

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Tania Brooke ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Shiralee MacLachlan ... assistant makeup and hair
Graham Press ... prosthetics
Werner Pretorius ... prosthetic sculptor: special makeup effects technician
Jaco Snyman ... special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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Nerissa Black ... post-production manager
Candice Tennant ... production manager
Linda A. Borgeson ... executive in charge of post-production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Kellond ... first assistant director
Phillip Mosoeu ... third assistant director
Dylan Speer ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Bobby Cardoso ... art department member
Francis Grewe ... construction foreman
Michael Hyman ... lead scenic
Charles Keylock ... graffiti artist
Sheona Mitchley ... props
Raymond Muller ... construction foreman
Luke Searle ... graffiti artist
James Lee Taylor ... property master (as James Taylor)
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson ... draftsman (uncredited)
Justice Nhlapo ... leadman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Joel Kapend ... boom operator (as Joel Kapend' A Kapend)
Shaun Murdoch ... sound mixer
Jim Petrak ... adr engineer / re-recording mixer
Alexander Saacks ... re-recording mixer
Jeremy Saacks ... re-recording mixer
Julie Vandenberg ... supervising sound editor (as Juli Vandenberg)
Onofre Ortega ... dubbing mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Davin Dullisear ... special effects foreman
Cordell McQueen ... special effects coordinator
Graham Press ... prosthetics

Visual Effects by

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Isaac Lui ... lead animator
Cyril Schumann ... lead effects compositor

Stunts

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Vadim Dobrin ... stunts
Kerry Gregg ... stunts
Cordell McQueen ... stunt coordinator
Wayne Smith ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Karin Alsbirk ... still photographer
Patrick Botha ... spark
Marc Brower ... camera operator
Carlos Carvalho ... additional camera operator (as Carlos Carvalho)
Simon Cave ... best boy lights
Mark Cooksey ... additional focus puller
Jimmy Umba Di Umba ... additional video tape operator
Hannes Erlank ... spark
Pam Laxen ... focus puller
George Loxton ... additional focus puller
Linda Mabasa ... additional spark
Andrew Maccallum ... additional spark
Casper Mametsi ... additional spark
Wellington Mashaba ... additional spark
Tebogo Matsebe ... additional spark
Justin McGillivray ... additional clapper loader
Lucas Moganedi ... additional spark
Tyron Mountjoy ... spark
Jason Musgrave ... clapper loader
Dallas Ncala ... additional spark (as Dallas Nkala)
Abel Nyamakazi ... additional spark (as Able Nyamakazi)
Edmund Nyamakazi ... additional spark
Gareth Penberthy ... video tape operator
Sarel Pretorius ... additional steadicam operator
Tony Rhode ... generator operator
Mark Sherman ... additional spark
Deon Vermeulen ... Steadicam operator
Anton Wehmeyer ... additional focus puller
Oliver Wilter ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Mavis Khanye ... casting associate
Belinda Kruger ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gillian Castle ... wardrobe mistress

Location Management

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Jaco Espach ... location manager

Music Department

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Vusi Mahlasela ... original socre featuring the voice of
Casey Stone ... music scoring mixer

Transportation Department

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Sydney Dlamini ... camera truck driver
Tyron Mountjoy ... driver

Other crew

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Mia Bays ... marketing and distribution
Jackie Bazan ... publicist
Wiebina Berrington ... additional continuity
Maureen Conway ... script supervisor
Janine Eser ... script editor
Henrietta Fudakowski ... script editor
Monica Keys ... production coordinator
Hakan Kousetta ... production legal advisor
Regis Le'Bron ... marketing & promotion
Brian Letlhabane ... script translator
Nick Miller ... production legal advisor
Michelle Morgan ... accounts assistant
Bruce Purnell ... unit assistant
Cyril Schumann ... title designer
Pete Smith ... chief armorer
Olly Steele ... on set armourer, weapons instuctor
Lauren Van Rensburg ... production secretary
Laura Vogt ... production accountant
Tom Winchester ... assistant to producers
Leila Wreyford ... title designer

Thanks

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Matthew W. Davis ... special thanks: script consultant
Lynsey Jones ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines In this world... redemption just comes once. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Thug (World-wide, English title)
  • Mon nom est Tsotsi (France)
  • Gangster (Serbia)
  • Цоци (Russia)
  • Il suo nome è Tsotsi (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP200,359, 19 Mar 2006

Did You Know?

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Trivia In urban slang of Johannesburg "tsotsi" loosely translated means "thug". 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Mdlwembe See more »
Quotes Morris: [after hearing a defining moment in Tsotsi/David's childhood] What kind of bastard would break a dog's back?
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