Dancehall Queen 1997

Dancehall Queen

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Marcia (Audrey Reid) has a tough life in Kingston, Jamaica, where she's the sole provider for her teenage daughter, Tanya (Mark Danvers). Her business as a street vendor is threatened by thug Priest (Pauline Stone-Myrie), and Marcia makes matters worse when she accepts money from Larry (Paul Campbell), who has eyes for her daughter. To get out of her problems, Marcia devises a plan that involves entering a dance contest in disguise, winning the top prize and pitting both men against each other.

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Critic Reviews for Dancehall Queen

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3)

  • 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.

    June 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • The joyful sensuality of the soundtrack and dancers is irresistible, the thin-ish characters are comic or villainous but winning, and the no-frills borderline crudity fits and intensifies the whole.

    March 23, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Dancehall Queen

  • Jul 22, 2009
    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
  • Feb 19, 2007
    Love this film, anyone into Ragga/Dancehall will love the music. There are some funny bits, with a serious storyline too
    Lady D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2006
    this movie gets 5 stars just cuz it has mad max from 'shottas'. he's shanking people as usual.
    steve c Super Reviewer

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