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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 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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Carl Davis
as Uncle Larry
Carl Bradshaw
as Officer No. 1
Michael London
as Officer No. 2
Owen Ellis
as Chalice
Leopold Taylor
as Grandfather
Beenie Man
as Himself
Lady Saw
as Herself
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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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2006
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2016
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Audience Reviews for Dancehall Queen

I hate reggae music, so I should have known better than to even attempt watching this, but the synopsis made it sound interesting so I figured I'd give it a shot. Turned out I watched less than ten minutes of it because the dialogue is impossible to understand and there are no subtitles. Don't waste your time.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

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
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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