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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

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Ziman wanted to make a "harsh and realistic" crime movie about his home town, one that reflected "the hopes and aspirations of its citizens". See more »

Goofs

Metrorail trains were not colored yellow in 1994, but red. See more »

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Moving Account of Modern South Africa
5 November 2008 | by cliffordn-1See all my reviews

A movie that speaks to the core of the human spirit. As much as the movie is South African, anyone who has been faced with hardship will relate. Our dreams, when they shatter and fade painfully silently and the dark talents we discover in desperation for a moment to live the life we once aspired to. Seiphemo, Zekele and the supporting cast are brilliant on a script that pulls no punches, with impeccable direction. The overall execution leaves no vague on what goes wrong and how it becomes celebrated as fruits of crime are reaped and shared by even the most moral in our lives. South African cinema has moved to the next stage in evolution i.e. reflection on some of the darker sides of the new South Africa. A masterpiece.


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