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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)

Jerusalema (original title)
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A young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid.

Director:

Ralph Ziman

Writer:

Ralph Ziman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rapulana Seiphemo Rapulana Seiphemo ... Lucky Kunene
Jeffrey Zekele Jeffrey Zekele ... Nazareth
Ronnie Nyakale Ronnie Nyakale ... Zakes Mbolelo
Shelley Meskin Shelley Meskin ... Leah Friedlander (as Shelly Meskin)
Malusi Skenjana Malusi Skenjana ... Tony Ngu
Robert Hobbs ... Inspector Blakkie Swart
Jafta Mamabolo Jafta Mamabolo ... Young Kunene
Motlatsi Mahloko Motlatsi Mahloko ... Young Zakes
Kenneth Nkosi Kenneth Nkosi ... Lucas Sithole
Sally Burdett Sally Burdett ... News reader
Lerato Moloi Lerato Moloi ... Loretta Dlamini
Thandy Matlaila Thandy Matlaila ... Young Nomsa
Mzwandile Ngubeni Mzwandile Ngubeni ... Young Bull
Gladys Mahlangu Gladys Mahlangu ... Mama Kunene
Patrick Bakoba Patrick Bakoba ... Caiphas
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Storyline

Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune - hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step ahead--or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down. Written by Official Site

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"If you're going to steal...Steal big, and hope like hell you get away with it!" See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

South Africa

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,958, 13 June 2010

Gross USA:

$4,958
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Muti Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The budget was so low on the film that old cameras were used as were skateboards in place of dollies. See more »

Goofs

When Kunene is on the beach in Durban, at the end of the movie, the tracks made by the film crews vehicles are clearly visible. See more »

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Interesting Movie
8 February 2009 | by thandi-5See all my reviews

I have just watched the movie for the first time just this past Friday, I was blown away and touched by it. i don't know if there is such a thing as a good thief, but I fell in love with Rapulano in this movie all over again, for me it had that James Bond element, except that his black and a thief, but that untouchable notion of 0007... Great story and acting. I felt sad for the white chick (grilfriend), not because of her colour, but as a women I could relate, when you think you know somebody but and realising that you don't and in such a matter is just so painful....., but on another hand....there was that element for me, of our black brothers going for white chicks... when they are loaded....even though in this movie that wasn't what brought them together.... interesting story indeed...


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