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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema

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Ralph Ziman

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Plot Summary

Inspired by a true story, Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption, and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg. Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune - hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step ahead of his empire or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down. Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema is written and directed by Ralph Ziman, and stars Rapaulana Seiphemo (WHITE WEDDING, TSOTSI), Robert Hobbs (INVICTUS, DISTRICT 9), Kenneth Nkosi (DISTRICT 9), Ronnie Nyakale (BLOOD DIAMOND), and Louise Saint-Claire (DISTRICT 9).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's easy to overlook the formulas and just enjoy the ride. – Mike Hale, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: rags-to-riches tale cut from the same cloth as City of God, Goodfellas and Scarface. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jul 8, 2010

Rotten: Though South Africa's racial strife is frequently invoked, sociopolitical inquiry takes a backseat to creaky gangster-cinema tropes. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Startlingly original, if occasionally overambitious. This is Tsotsi without the feel-good glow, a tale of entrepreneurship's perils and boundless pleasures. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Classic film. A must have in every gangster movie collection.


i like true story cause it real and not fake


3 words: good true story

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  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2010

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