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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
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

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An unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg. 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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Trivia

The black BMW M3 which Lucky drives after taking over the buildings is an M3 (e36 version). The headlights are not original but everything else seems to be original. This E36 version is known as "The Dolphin" in South Africa because of its shape. This was the first M3 version to be sold in the country whilst the M5 was available from the beginning of its production. See more »

Goofs

A license disk on a vehicle windscreen clearly shows the year 2006 early in the movie, even though a scene was set in the 1990s. See more »

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Jerusalema - Brilliant!
2 September 2008 | by Silver82See all my reviews

If Jerusalema, the latest film about life in South Africa's underbelly of Hillbrow, can make a film like the award winning Tsotsi look like child's play, you need to ask yourself the question: "Why haven't I seen it yet?" Even more disturbing is that Jerusalema premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, and has already been raking in the awards.

Star of the film - Lucky Kunene's motto in life is taken from an Al Capone movie "If you're going to steal ... steal big, and hope like hell you get away with it!" Like a fly on the wall, we get to watch how an innocent youth from Soweto, a victim of circumstance, turns to crime and works his way up to become the hoodlum of Hillbrow.

The acting is superb and will have you engrossed in the film in no time. The script is watertight, and quite probably the most accurate account of South Africa's criminal underworld that you're ever going to see.

The scary part about all of this? It's based on true events! (But don't be put off SA, this is a small part of a big country)


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Official Sites:

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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:

$7,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$421,593
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Muti Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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