Jerusalema

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A petty crook (Rapulana Seiphemo) builds a criminal empire in Johannesburg, but an escalating war with a drug lord and police pressure threaten to shut him down.

Cast & Crew

Ronnie Nyakale
Zakes Mbolelo
Shelly Meskin
Leah Freidlander
Melusi Skenjana
Tony Ngu
Robert Hobbs
Detective Swart
Jafta Mamabolo
Young Kunene
Daniel Buckland
Josh Freidlander
Ralph Ziman
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Ronnie Apteker
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Gary Phillips
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Mark Vennis
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Alan Ari Lazar
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Nicolaas Hofmeyr
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David Helfand
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Critic Reviews for Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (5)

  • Despite the familiar ground, Ralph Ziman manages to orchestrate an engrossing and energetic film full of memorable characters and a wicked soundtrack.

    July 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Sadly things unwind and the movie loses power with covert special pleading for the wiseguy protagonist, who is supposed to be morally superior to obviously vindictive white cops or evil drug dealer rivals.

    July 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • rags-to-riches tale cut from the same cloth as City of God, Goodfellas and Scarface.

    July 7, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A cheerfully violent South African ramble about a gangster unwilling to "sit on his arse waiting for Mandela". Initially intriguing, it collapses in an hour.

    July 7, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Ralph Ziman strings it all together with slick competence, but given that leading man Rapulana Seiphemo does a persuasive line in moral ambiguity, it's disappointing that the proceedings too often default to glib shoot-'em-up.

    July 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's easy to overlook the formulas and just enjoy the ride.

    June 11, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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