- Actors: Audrey Reid, Paul Campbell (IV), Carl Davis (IV), Mark Danvers, Cherine Anderson
- Directors: Rick Elgood, Don Letts
- Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Multiple Formats, Widescreen, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Palm Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2008
- Run Time: 96 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00049QR04
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,301 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Jamaica's highest grossing film of all time, Dancehall Queen is a modern-day Cinderella story, with no Price Charming, but one very strong woman fighting for freedom. Backed by a pulsing reggae soundtrack featuring Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Sugar Minott, Chevelle Franklyn, Grace Jones and many more, viewed through the scintillating sights of Kingston, Jamaica. This is the digitally remastered edition featuring dolby digital stereo sound and includes a chapter index plus the theatrical trailer.
A Cinderella story from the mean streets of Kingston, Jamaica, the alternately comic and gritty Dancehall Queen is an intriguingly dark crowd pleaser. Marcia (Audrey Reid) is a single mom and street vendor barely scraping by even with a financial assist from the seemingly avuncular Larry (Carl Davis), a gun-toting strongman with a twisted desire for Marcia's teenage daughter. Complicating things is Priest (Paul Campbell), a murderous hood who killed Marcia's friend and now is terrorizing the defenseless woman. Facing three big problems--Larry, Priest, and a lack of money---Marcia arrives at an inspired solution: develop an alter ego, a dancing celebrity called the Mystery Lady who can compete in a cash-prize contest and pit both of the men against one another. Which is exactly what she does, and it's great fun watching Marcia instigate her complicated plan with a little help from sympathetic friends. Colorful, rowdy, funny, and dangerous, Dancehall Queen is a clever and ceaselessy energetic movie steeped in Kingston street life and the desire to keep body and soul together at home. Reid is a delight as the everyday figure who transforms into an icon in the evenings, and the dance scenes are amazingly bawdy. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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To lesser effect, "Dancehall Queen" does the same thing as a film. Shot on digital video, which makes everything look like a British soap opera, the film concerns the struggle of a Kingston street vendor (Audrey Reid) trying to raise two children on her own. After being continually harassed by a knife-wielding thug and, in a disturbing sequence of events, encouraging her 15-year-old daughter to accept the advances of a middle-aged sugar daddy, Reid realizes that she needs to find a way out of poverty. Naturally, her mind turns to the dancehall, and she soon finds herself joining barely clad Kingston youths in a style of dance that blurs the line between dancing and performing sexual acts. Although the question of how Reid expects to make money simply by going to clubs isn't answered until near the movie's end, it's pretty clear from the beginning that "Dancehall Queen" is an old-fashioned melodrama sure to culminate in the all-important big show.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although the box was sealed, the DVD kept stopping and starting so did not play property. I sent it back and obtained a refund.Published 5 months ago by Minxypoo
Always loved this film....acting is a bit questionable, but still great music and dancing!Published 9 months ago by Julianne
One of the best movies i have ever seen! Need more Jamaican films like this!!Published 16 months ago by T. Chinnock