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Tsotsi is a young, violent gang leader living in johannesburg. Growing up with a violent father and an ill mother, tsotsi neither loves nor trusts anyone. During a robbery, tsotsi coldly shoots a young woman and takes off in her car. He soon realizes that the victim's infant is in the back seat.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202540603
UPC 786936705362
UPC 14 00786936705362
Format DVD
Release Date 12/29/2009
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Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Chweneyagae,Presley
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Name Gavin Hood
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Cast & Crew
Athol Fugard - Based On Novel By
Gavin Hood - Screenplay
Gavin Hood - Director
Israel Makoe - Actor
Lance Gewer - Cinematographer
Mark Kilian - Original Music By
Megan Gill - Editor
Mothusi Magano - Actor
Paul Hepker - Original Music By
Percy Matsemela - Actor
Peter Fudakowski - Producer
Presley Chweneyagae - Actor
Sam Bhembe - Executive Producer
British Academy Awards (2006) Peter Fudakowski, Nominee, Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer,Peter Fudakowski, Gavin Hood, Nominee, Best Film not in the English Language
Oscar (2006) Tsotsi, Winner, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Golden Globe (2006) Tsotsi, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
Review Rapturously received by premiere auds and sparking acquisition interest from mini-major studios at the Edinburgh film fest, intense Blighty-South African co-prod "Tsotsi" has the right stuff to be a breakout hit if distribs market it cannily. The third film by helmer Gavin Hood ("A Reasonable Man"), contempo-set "Tsotsi" tells of a township hoodlum (an ace debut for Presley Chweneyagae), who learns to care for an infant whose mother he shot. Powered by a pounding soundtrack of dance hall Kwaito music, the pic has vital, urban energy similar to the Brazilian crossover "City of God" and but with a tauter, more conventional storyline.
Reviewer Leslie Felperin
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review What a simple and yet profound story this is. It does not sentimentalize poverty or make Tsotsi more colorful or sympathetic than he should be; if he deserves praise, it is not for becoming a good man but for allowing himself to be distracted from the job of being a bad man...This is the second year in a row (after "Yesterday") that a South African film has been nominated for the foreign film Oscar. There are stories in the beloved country that have cried for a century to be told.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Chweneyagae,Presley
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader ...powerful South African drama...magnificent...
Ken Fox, TV Guide Powerful crime drama...
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle It grabs you from a symbolic opening scene...and never lets go.

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