DVD - 2006
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A young man running with a criminal gang on the streets of Johannesburg, Tsotsi - a nickname meaning thug - is immersed in a world of violence that seems to leave him unaffected, until he discovers an infant in the backseat of a car he has stolen.
Publisher: [Burbank, Calif.] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Montreal : Distributed by Alliance Atlantis, c2006
ISBN: 9780788868924
Branch Call Number: DVD WORLD CINEMA TSO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) :,sd., col.;,4 3/4 in


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May 19, 2018

This is a heart felt story of a young thug in Johannesburg who stole a car and discovered that there was a baby in the back seat. The film showed violence, poverty, oppression and a depressing portrait of the poor in S Africa.
Alternative endings were shot in the Bonus Features on the DVD. The film was well acted.
A must-see.

Jan 20, 2018

I almost turned this off because of the violence - but then I would have missed Presley's nuanced performance - his many layered search for affirmation and love.

Dec 19, 2016

This is a 2005 drama directed by Gavin Hood, based on the novel "Tsotsi".
Set in an Alexandra slum, in Johannesburg, South Africa, the film tells the story of Tsotsi---a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat.
The superb performance of Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi carries this simple yet stunning tale of a shantytown redemption to perfection.
The film ends with Tsotsi raising his hands, and does not disclose what happens thereafter.
Two unused endings were shot for the film, which can be seen on the DVD.
You must see both endings.

NewYorkViews Apr 27, 2015

Excellent, about a harsh hoodlum with the locale as South Africa, what makes it even scarier is that hoodlums portrayed there are much milder than some of the hoodlums in the USA. Still, this is a tough film about a group of struggling impoverished people leading a life of crime, and the mystery of what turned one of them into a criminal and his redemption, with a classic ending.

Mar 29, 2015

Excellent compared to 90% of the films out there people are watching. Which doesn't make it any good, but it's more watchable than most others.

Jan 12, 2015

Interesting perspective on South Africa/Johannesburg which I've never really been exposed to.

But the title character didn't really engage me; your mileage may vary.

Sep 15, 2014

Oscar Foreign Film Winner 2005 and deservedly so. The struggle with conflict is very present in this film; internal, external and lateral. Explores lateral violence, poverty, oppression and all the complexities. In spite of this, there are moments that portray humanity in very touching, moving ways. * Please note: I believe the film languages are Zulu and Africaans, not Creole.

Mar 08, 2013


Aug 01, 2012

Heart felt story. You will be touched by this. The subtitles do not really detract from this.

Green_Bird_203 May 21, 2012

Excellent movie. A must see.

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Sep 18, 2014

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