Oscar Winner

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  94 min.
Release Date: March 3, 2006 (limited)
DVD: July 18, 2006

Current rating: Rating: 3.91
based on 151 votes and 18 reviews
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Cast: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Kenneth Nkosi, Zenzo Ngqobe, Terry Pheto, Zola , Jerry Mofokeng, Rapulana Seiphemo, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Ian Roberts, Percy Matsemela


In a shantytown on the edges of Johannesburg, South Africa, 19-year-old Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) has repressed any memory of his past, including his real name: "Tsotsi" simply means "thug" or "gangster" in the street language of the ghetto.

Orphaned at an early age, Tsotsi has lived a life of extreme social and psychological deprivation. One night, after an alcohol-fueled evening at a local bar, he steals a BMW from the affluent suburbs of the city. As he races away in the car, he realizes there’s a three-month-old baby crying in the back. Tsotsi loses control of the vehicle and crashes to a stop on the verge of a deserted road. The car is a write-off.

Tsotsi staggers from the vehicle and walks away, but is drawn back by the screaming baby. Suddenly, he gathers up the infant, shoves it into a large shopping bag and heads for the shantytown on foot, determined to take care of “his baby.” He finds a young widow with a baby to help him and as their relationship tentatively progresses, Tsotsi is compelled to confront his own violent nature and to reveal his past.

Based on the novel by Athol Fugard.

Director: Gavin Hood
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Peter Fudakowski, Paul Raleigh
Screenplay: Gavin Hood
Official Site: www.tsotsi.com

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  • 5 stars "This movie has stayed with me for a long time. You just want to help this lost person and save him from all pain. I also ended up reading the book. This movie is a must see if you like to be shook up a bit."