Dancehall Queen


Dancehall Queen

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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 the Dancehall Queen contest. When no one recognizes her in this outfit, she uses the disguise to pit Priest and Larry against each other. Shown at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Dancehall Queen

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

  • 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.

    Jun 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

    Emanuel Levy

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  • 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.

    Mar 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

    Sep 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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