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Policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate the brutal murder of a young white woman, apparently provoked by the availability of a new illegal drug and somehow connected to the disappearance of black street children.

Director:

Jérôme Salle

Writers:

Caryl Ferey (book), Julien Rappeneau | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orlando Bloom ... Brian Epkeen
Forest Whitaker ... Ali Sokhela
Conrad Kemp ... Dan Fletcher
Inge Beckmann ... Ruby
Tinarie van Wyk Loots Tinarie van Wyk Loots ... Claire Fletcher
Regardt van den Bergh ... De Beer
Randall Majiet Randall Majiet ... Cat
Patrick Lyster ... Dr. Joost Opperman
Joelle Kayembe ... Zina
Tanya van Graan ... Tara
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Kruger
Christian Bennett Christian Bennett ... Stan
Iman Isaacs Iman Isaacs ... Janet
Nomhle Nkonyeni Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Josephina (as Nomhle Nkoyeni)
Denise Newman ... Shebeen Queen
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Storyline

As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkatha, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain. Today, Ali is chief of the homicide branch of the South African police in Cape Town. One of his staff is Brian Epkeen, a free-wheeling white officer whose family was originally involved in the establishment of apartheid but who works well with Neuman. Together they have to deal with crime that inevitably exists in sprawling areas of un- and under- employed people, crime exacerbated by gangs, both local and from other parts of Africa. Their job gets even more difficult when the corpses of two young women are found. A new evil has been introduced in the city and a new drug has been introduced to its residents, including both murder victims. At the chaotic crossroads where brutality and modernization collide, the echoes of... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, language, sexuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | South Africa

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

4 December 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cape Town Cops See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Eskwad,Pathé,Lobster Tree See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Everywhere in the world this movie is titled "Zulu", except in South Africa! There, the film is titled "A Most Violent City" See more »

Quotes

Brian Epkeen: Yebo Baba.
Ali Sokhela: You look like hell.
Brian Epkeen: I'm happy to see you too.
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Connections

References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Lose your mind in South Africa
26 April 2014 | by jadeface35See all my reviews

Open your mind to a whole mindset apart from the US and find a dark movie with lost souls trying to find some redemption. Orlando Bloom is quite exceptional playing a lost cop with his captain Forrest Whitaker, another lost soul trying to find his forgiveness for crimes against South African blacks. There is a lose tie in regarding an apartheid program to eliminate or sterilize blacks, a true story if you research it. In the end Orlando Bloom's character finds trying to not use violence is his redemption but is forced into it. While Forrest Whitaker's character finds his redemption is to use violence to stop a horrendous plot. Frankly Bloom was terrific and as usual Whitaker blew me away as a wonderful actor totally underrated. His acting as a seasoned cop at the end really came through thou who could see Whitaker as a bit of an action guy !!!! I give it nine out of ten as it is hard to watch but you just can't stop. Seymour Phillip Hoffman and Forrest Whitaker, two way underrated actors who deserve more than they have.


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