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R| 1 hr. 31 min.

Plot Summary
A South African hoodlum named Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) lives by a code of violence, and he and his gang of thugs prowl the streets of Johannesburg day and night, attacking those who fail to give them what they want. After casually shooting a woman and stealing her car, he discovers her baby in the back seat. Instead of harming the mewling infant, he takes it home and cares for it. The child acts as a catalyst for the hardened thug to regain his humanity.

Cast: Presley Chweneyagae , Mothusi Magano , Israel Makoe , Percy Matsemela , Jerry Mofokeng , Benny Moshe , Nambitha Mpumlwana , Zenzo Ngqobe

Director: Gavin Hood

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Miramax Films

Tsotsi (2005)

Release Date: February 24th, 2006|1 hr. 31 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Based on a play by Athol Fugard, Tsotsi is South Africa's entry in this year's Oscar race for Best Foreign-Language Film. This remarkable movie means to shake you, and boy does it ever. show more

  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    It grabs you from a symbolic opening scene of gang members rolling the dice -- the odds, it soon becomes clear, are stacked against them getting lucky -- and never lets go. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though the story teeters on easy sentimentality, it doesn't succumb. Though unabashedly emotional, it isn't maudlin. Tsotsi's story feels believable. It is made all the more engaging by a wonderful soundtrack of African Kwaito music. show more

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