Synopsis: 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--or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ralph Ziman
Production: Anchor Bay Films
  6 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

I had two heroes...

Karl Marx and Al Capone.

Al Capone said,

"If you're going to steal, steal big

and hope like hell

you get away with it."

And Karl Marx said,

"All property's theft."

I think they'd both be

proud of me.

Go go go!

Down down down down!

Cuff him!

Inspector Swart,

we've got the fucking scumbag

You're in deep shit, sonny.

Lucky Kunene,

you're under arrest

for murder.

Take him away.

in a major raid in Hillbrow today.

All the buildings targeted

have been taken over

by criminal gangs.

Police confiscated

and 2,714 rounds

of ammunition.

Large quantities of drugs

were seized,

including eight kilograms

of cocaine,

in addition to ecstasy,


and methamphetamine.

Police made 93 arrests

for serious offenses

including murder, rape

and armed robbery.

Among those detained

was notorious Hillbrow crime boss

and slumlord Lucky Kunene,

also known as

the Hoodlum of Hillbrow.

This time I think you should

tell me the truth.

What do you want?

The real story.

Take me back

to the beginning.

The beginning...



The New South Africa.

A new dawn, a new day.

A fresh start.

A clean page.

A new beginning.

And I had dreams.

Sister, perfume?

The trains were

the circulatory system

of the black urban economy.

My best friend Zakes

and I were sucking the blood,

selling peanuts for peanuts.

However, free enterprise

was never encouraged.

It's "the sweet smell of success"...

The good stuff.

It doesn't smell nice. It's fake.


Hey, boys. What are you doing?

Hey, boys! I'll get you!

I'll get you

Hey, you.

Give me back that hat.

Give me back my hat


That's what I call a car!

You're crazy.

I'm telling you my friend...

I'm going to have a 7 series, a BMW...

I'll park it outside my

nice beach house in Durban.

You wish...

You'd have to win the

lottery to get all that...

Hey, Lucky.

Nomsa, hey.

Did you hear I got

into Jo'burg tech?

To study computer science.

And you?

Have you heard from the university?

No, not yet.

What's taking them so long?

Hey bull.

You, go home.

See you later, okay?


We had a shitty day...

We hardly earned anything.

Why is it that pretty girls

always have big brothers?

Lucky, Lucky!

Hurry, a letter from university arrived.

"It is our sincere pleasure

to offer you a place

at our school

of business studies."

My brother, I made it.

There's no scholarship.

What does that mean?

It means I have to pay my own fees.

Father, we thank you for

the little that we have.

- Amen.

- Amen.

Why does Zakes always eat here?

Why doesn't he go to home?

Shut up, you.



Stop now...

He's going to clean you out.

Just once more.

One more turn.


You lost it, because you're an idiot.

Hey guys, cool it.


Don't move, thug!

Comrade Nazareth, so it's you...

You gave us a fright, man!

No wonder.

Once a chicken, always a chicken.


"the cowards are running..."

What are you two up to?

- Let me go.

- Nothing, man.

What's it to you?

You watch it, bro.

So, tell me...

When did you get out of the bush, gorilla?

It's not gorilla... It's guerilla.

Get it?


And I trained in Moscow,

not in the bush.

You peasant.

Moscow, huh?

So how was Moscow?

It's cold as hell, bro.

- So do you speak Russian?

- No, man.

The only Russian I embraced

is an AK-47.


The only Russian he embraced

is vodka.

You said it...

Gents, let's get a drink.

You eventually decided to join the

terrorists because you say you

couldn't catch them, huh?

No, police work

pays chickenshit.

So I've gone

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