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Fishy Stones (1990)

After a well-executed jewelry store heist, two amateur thugs go on the run. But the police are not too far behind, and after a chase through the countryside, the thugs are apprehended - but... See full summary »


Ilza Oosthuizen (screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Innocent Gumede Innocent Gumede ... (as Popo Gumede)
Kay Magubane Kay Magubane
Hector Manthanda Hector Manthanda
Mandla Ngloya Mandla Ngloya
Cleopatra Nyide Cleopatra Nyide
Phumlani Phewa Phumlani Phewa
Dumi Shongwe Dumi Shongwe


After a well-executed jewelry store heist, two amateur thugs go on the run. But the police are not too far behind, and after a chase through the countryside, the thugs are apprehended - but only after they stash their loot in a clump of nearby bushes. When two best friends head off into the wilderness on a camping expedition together, luck seems to be on their side when they discover the hidden stash of diamonds. But life is never that easy, and the two thugs, after a daring escape from prison, pick up the trail of the friends, hunting them down in order to reclaim their loot. In the end, the boys' parents come to their rescue, and the two dim-witted criminals are sent back to jail once more - hopefully for good this time! Written by Benjamin Cowley

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23 March 1990 (South Africa) See more »

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Made as a part of South Africa's B-Scheme, an apartheid-era government subsidized film production system for movies in an African language with an African cast, intended for African audiences. The system was lobbied for by the director. See more »

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Comic thrills from South Africa
7 December 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

FISHY STONES is another South African film made for black audiences, featuring popular stars like Innocent 'Popo' Gumede and Hector Manthanda. The story is about a couple of bumbling thieves who are introduced in a car chase. They've just stolen a stash of priceless diamonds and are being pursued by the police, so they decide to hide the diamonds in the bush and come back to them later. Unfortunately for them, a group of local campers might just get there first...

The story has shades of classic British comedy films like THE BIG JOB although obviously this is a far more basic kind of story. The acting is adequate and little use is made of some of the fantastic locations that the crew obviously had access to. Where FISHY STONES does stand out is in the enhanced level of comedy in the story; there's plenty of humour here, a lot of it stemming from the dumb sidekick character, and it does work and lifts the story out of the doldrums somewhat.

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