Synopsis: In Johannesburg, a small time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Gavin Hood
Production: Miramax
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Roll again... Roll again...

- Eleven! - Eleven?


- What? - 4 and 5 is 9 not 11.

It's good! It's good. 4 and 5 is 9 not eleven!

Throw again, brother.

- That's enough. - Hey Tsotsi, what we doing tonight?

Yea, what we doing?

The little gangster!

Did you learn to drive?

I was sick. So what?

- Come sit teacher boy. - F*ck

off i'm not your teacher boy.

You know you went too far tonight.

What's your name Tsotsi?

Your real name. Thug, Tsotsi. it's not a name.

- Boston, don't ask him questions. - Why not?

I'm six months with you. I want to know his name.

Everyone has a name. A real one. From his mother.

- Hey, Soekie, we're dry here.

- I'll come when I'm ready, ok?

Decency Tsotsi? Do you know that word? Decency.

I had a bit of it, thats why i got sick.

And that fat man with the tie, he had a lot. And now?

He's dead.

Jesus, Butcher go get it yourself.

I'm trying to talk seriously here.

Come sit sonny.

Just remember... I don't want any trouble in here.

What's wrong? Are you sick again?


Tonight Tsotsi...

When we killed the fat man...

I felt like this inside me...

Do you ever feel like that?

For a woman Tsotsi? Maybe you had a woman.

For a woman Tsotsi? Maybe you had a woman.

And when she left you... It hurt...

And you bled...

Your father... Your father Tsotsi... Where's your father?

Where's your father and your mother...

Jesus, Tsotsi. A dog. What about a dog?

Tell that bastard never to come here again.

John! John! Open the gate!

The remote isn't working. Open the gate!


Yes, that's the registration...

Just tell them the car is empty. No baby.

Jesus, you stink!

Quiet, baby!


- Yes what? - It's us.

- Who? - Aap and Butcher.

- We need to talk. - About what?

About Boston.

- Where is he? - At Soekie's.

- He won't work with us anymore.

- Says who? You or him?

What's that? That smell.

- It's me. - What's wrong?

I'm sick.

- You need a doctor. - I'm fine.

Hey sister. Feed him. Come feed him here.

If you got no milk, let him suck me.

- What are we doing tonight Tsotsi?

- Let's meet later at Park Station.

Later's good. Meet you later then.

Hey man! Did you smell? Stinks like shit!

Were there any fingerprints?

This bastard is a nodody.

He went at the township you said.

- Sir, we can't even track stolen cars...

- Don't tell me what you can't do!

I want you to find my child.

When my wife wakes up, I want my

child right next to her. Am I clear?

Where is Tsotsi?

- F*ck him. - Yea, f*ck him.

Hey, watch where the f*ck you're going.


Now what? You want me to say sorry?

Watch where you put your feet. Move!

Hey what's up Bheki!

- Who won? - Irish fancy, brother. 7 to 2.

- Cripple donkey! - Did you win anything?

- Win? F*ck all! - Put a 1 00 at red bullet tommorow.

Red bullet got no legs. Silver lightning!

Don't take too much!

Where is this guy?

Where did you get your driver's licence?

Did your mother teach you to drive?

What do you want, boy?

Do you want my money?

- Stand up. - What?

- Get up and walk. - Who are you, Jesus Christ?

- I'm a cripple. - You lie. Stand up.

Go to hell.

Fine. Here's all the money I have.

What you want from me? Take

the money and leave me alone.

F*ck man! F*ck you!

You fucking bastard!

Are you happy now?

You made an old man piss in his pants.

Why are you following me? Why?

I saw a dog once...

Two kicks... And it's back was broken.

It crawled... Just like you...

What kind of a man kicks a dog?

What happened to your legs?

I was working at the mines. Digging gold.

A beam fell on me. It broke me.

Why do you go on... when you live like a dog?

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Gavin Hood

Gavin Hood (born 12 May 1963) is a South African filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and actor, best known for writing and directing Tsotsi (2005), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also directed the films X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender's Game and Eye in the Sky. more…

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