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Dangerous Ground (1997)

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Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother... See full summary »

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Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thokozani Nkosi ... Young Vusi
Ron Smerczak ... Interrogation Policeman (as Ron Smerczac)
Wilson Dunster Wilson Dunster ... Heavy Policeman
Ice Cube ... Vusi Madlazi
Sechaba Morojele Sechaba Morojele ... Ernest Madlazi
Peter Khubeke Peter Khubeke ... Igqira (as Peter Kubheka)
Roslyn Morapedi Roslyn Morapedi ... Vusi's Mother
Elizabeth Hurley ... Karen
Mabel Mafuya Mabel Mafuya ... Woman
Fana Mokoena ... Youth
Maimela Motubatse Maimela Motubatse ... Youth
Nkululeko Mabandla Nkululeko Mabandla ... Youth
Robert Whitehead Robert Whitehead ... Sandton Hotel Receptionist
Gresham Phetjaulima Gresham Phetjaulima ... Bellboy
Tony Caprari Tony Caprari ... Bar Owner
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Storyline

Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother Ernest, who tells him their other brother Stephen couldn't be contacted. Vusi goes to Johannesburg to find him, but at first can only find his neighbor/girlfriend, Karin, a stripper. Vusi proceeds to learn how conditions have changed since the end of apartheid, not always for the better for black men. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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What he wants is revenge. What he gets is the fight of his life.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug use and language, and for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | South Africa

Language:

English | Zulu

Release Date:

12 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A visszatérés See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,647,745, 17 February 1997

Gross USA:

$5,303,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,406,742
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's US release date was switched and moved a number of times during 1996 before it was finally released in early 1997 with little fanfare. See more »

Goofs

Karin's and Steven's apartments appear to be on the street level if you look from the street, but when Karin goes out the window to cross to Steven's apartment there's a street way down below. See more »

Quotes

Vusi Madlazi: Kaffir? What's that?
Iron Guard: You.
Vusi Madlazi: Yeah, but what does it mean? Is it like warrior, king, god, chief? What is it?
Iron Guard: It means you must watch your mouth, boy.
Vusi Madlazi: Well, I got your boy right here.
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Connections

References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

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Keep On Pushin'
Performed by Nonchalant featuring MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Bahamadia
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Good Message wrapped in bad writing
17 July 2006 | by bookwormgalSee all my reviews

Yes Hurley's accent gads all over the place but that is how English South Africans sound like (I should know I'm married to one).

However the plot does meander all over the place, and with someone like Ice Cube and the general premise of the movie there should definitely be more action in it.

Roodt should take some lessons from Hood because Tsotsi delivered on the same basic message whileas Dangerous Ground just comes off as a mildly entertaining, barely passable TV movie.

While it has its good points (accurate SA visuals for the time depicted, accurate depiction of Afrikaneer thugs and black Tsotsi's) there are points where the acting needs to be taken up a notch or two. And of course the writing is so thin and predictable if it was a dress it'd be see-through.

I don't think it's as horrible as the first reviewer (mainly because I have been to Johannesburg and it DOES look that old an worn-out) but agree that the writing and acting was not up to par.


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