Dancehall Queen (1997)





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In this Jamaican melodrama, single mother Marcia (Audrey Reid) works as a street vendor to support her two daughters. However, she also needs the financial assist of "Uncle" Larry (Carl Davis), who demands repayments in the form of sex with Marcia's teen daughter Tanya. After Marcia's vending stall is threatened by brutal tough Priest (Paul Campbell), she devises a retaliatory plan. The dressmaker Mrs. Gordon (Pauline Stone-Myrie) sews a sexy costume so Marcia can compete for the cash prize in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Ed Wallace, Don Letts, Suzanne Fenn
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On DVD: Sep 22, 1998
Palm Pictures



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Critic Reviews for Dancehall Queen

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

This simplistic but high-spirited and colorful Jamaican film tells the story of a humble street vendor who finds an unusual way of getting her family out of the harrowing violent-ridden ghetto she lives in.

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June 6, 2001
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Though not particularly good, Dancehall Queen offers an opportunity to see a film from Jamaica, a rare sight even in international film festivals

September 8, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Dancehall Queen


Love this film, anyone into Ragga/Dancehall will love the music. There are some funny bits, with a serious storyline too

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

FIrst feature film by Don Letts, English DJ and the man responsible for introducing reggae to the British punk scene. The plot is a simple cinderella story ...non-descript beer seller makes good as dancehall queen and escapes the bad guys. - and there's strong accents and basic acting, but there's also colourful directing, infectious music, eye-watering costumes and outrageous dancing. Yummy.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer


A must see with a strong plot. I had trouble with the english they speak but subtitle carried me thru.


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