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Dancehall Queen [1997] [DVD]

4.2 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • 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.

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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.

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Love the movie can't get enough of it😀
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This is a brilliant, down to earth and realistic story about a Jamaican womans struggle to make ends meet. The story is not only feasible, but told in an uncomplicated way, and leaves the viewer with a feel good factor at the end. The music in this movie is a collection of some of the best around and this becomes even more excillerating with the live performances from the likes of Beenie Man, Lady Shaw and Chevelle Franklin. A must see for all fans of Jamaican culture.
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By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2006
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One of the best Jamaican films to actually come out of Jamaica in recent years... Set in a realistic backdrop of downtown Kingston, it explores the avenues the people have to go thru in order to maintain some standard of living... proving again that for most West Indians, music is the key to get out of the ghettos. You can't help but sympathise with the struggles and celebrate the successes!!! Highly recommended!
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WHAT A FILM, WHAT A SOUND TRACK. THERE ARE NOT THAT MANY ETHNIC MOVIES OUT THERE AND THIS FILM PROVES THAT YOU DONT NEED BIG BUDGET HOOLLYWOOD MONEY TO HAVE A GREAT FILM. THE STORY FOLLOWS A DOWN AND OUT WOMAN IN A SHANTY TOWN IN JAMAICA.IT SHOWS HER STRUGGLE TO ESCAPE THE EVERYDAY PRESSURES OF LIVING IN A RUN DOWN AREA AND THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF BEING CONTROLED BY A PIMP.WHEN HER DAUGHTER BECOMES A TARGET BY HER PIMP SHE DECIDES TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND ENTERS THE DANCEHALL CONTEST.WHICH HAS A BIG CASH SUM AS FIRST PRIZE. THIS IS DANCING AT THE MOST EXPLICT LEVEL, WITH DANCE MOVES LEAVING YOU ASTONISHED AND AMAZED. I WILL NOT SPOIL THE ENDING BUT THIS FILM IS ENTHRILLING AND CAPTIVATING. NEED I SAY MORE. WITH ARTIST'S0 LIKE "BEENIE MAN" AND "CHAKADEMUS AND PLIERS" NOT TO MENTION A FEW OTHERS, THIS FILM IS WITH OUT A DOUBT THE BEST I HAVE SEEN IN YEARS.
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This movie is something else. When this was released in 1997, "Dancehall Queen" created a sensation in Jamaica, eventually surpassing Harder They Come (Deluxe Edition) as the highest-grossing film in that country's history. I remember enjoying this film when it first came out on tape and before hand created a lot of buzz. Once I'd purchased it I'd also pass it along to my friends at the time and found it very entertaining. Just recently watching this the other day gave me a great sense of recollection on how much I enjoyed "Dancehall Queen." Like the dancehall music on its soundtrack, "Dancehall Queen" has a rough, self-produced feel disguised by a technically proficient coating. Utilizing elements of techno, rap, and reggae, dancehall combines technologically advanced production techniques with unmistakably Jamaican source material.

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.
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By Gift on 25 Feb. 2013
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Arrived on time,brand new, I enjoyed watching this movie a long time ago and thought I would add to collection, not watched again yet but will do when I'm I've got nothing better to do! Briefly it's about a mum entering a dancehall competition and her struggles to get there.
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