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Third World Cop

Paul Campbell , Mark Danvers , Chris Browne    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Shot on the streets of Kingston and set to a rich reggae score by Sly and Robbie, the highest-grossing film in Jamaican cinema (according to the producers) is a simple cops-and-gangsters thriller that drops the usual two-fisted cop clichés into the slums of a Third World reality. Charismatic Paul Campbell (who starred in the previous Jamaican hit Dancehall Queen) is Capone, a Jamaican Dirty Harry who wades into shootouts with both guns blazing. His maverick reputation lands him in Kingston, his hometown, where he tracks a gun-smuggling scheme to his boyhood friend Ratty (Mark Danvers), now the ambitious right-hand man to the local kingpin. It's a familiar story and the timid script always chooses action over drama. Capone's violent methods are never questioned, even when he's faced with old friends instead of faceless hoods, and he's given unimaginable leeway to shoot his way through the criminal population. Shot on digital video and released to theaters in a smeary-looking transfer, the video release is mastered from the digital source and looks infinitely better than its theatrical incarnation: crisp, bright, and vivid. The energetic style helps the picture overcome some of its generic cop-movie clichés, but the real draw is the street grit of clapboard houses, corrugated metal fences, and concrete brick homes: the matter-of-fact poverty of Kingston's slums. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Third World Cop Jan. 10 2010
By Yukman
This was a very good film. If you have seen Shottas, this title will be a good choice.
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This movie shows an absolutely accurate portrayal of Jamaican society, and the sheer lawlessness and criminality inherent there. I have been to Jamaica and the law-and-order situation there is to be seen to be believed. It is like a war zone in most places. It is impossible to walk even a few steps without being harassed and intimidated by drug-pushers, pimps, prostitutes, etc. Some reviewers have complained about Capone the policeman's apparent trigger-happiness, but you have to realize that most of these criminals are irredeemable and beyond any rehabilitation, so he really did not have any other choice (if he wanted to stay alive himself and if there is to be any hope for Jamaica) than to do the world a favor and get rid of them. I just wish he'd been there to take care of the hustlers and muggers that prey upon innocent visitors in (otherwise beautiful) places like Montego Bay and Negril.
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4.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended Jan. 17 2003
This is a great movie, especially if you like "Dancehall Queen". Paul Campbell does a great job as Capone and Carl Bradshaw is excellent as usual as the crime boss. While the story is somewhat generic it is still well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Dancehall Queen! July 11 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this video because it had some of the same actors as "Dancehall Queen" and boy did I get my monies worth! I like that Paul Campbell, the bad guy in "Dancehall Queen", is the hero in "Third World Cop". I enjoyed the interplay of action, drama, and comedy. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed "Dancehall Queen" and does not mind some non-graphic violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Best. April 21 2002
By A Customer
This movie was just great, as a matter a fact the best out of JA. that I have seen. All I'll say is "YOU GO GUYS".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Invincible" Third World Cop Jan. 23 2002
A one-of-a-kind movie that must be added to your "Jamaican" collection. It is authentic, unique and superb in content and quality! I give extreme credits to all the outstanding Jamaican actors who, without a doubt, outdid themselves. I sincerely hope this movie gives each of them the credit they deserve and that this is the beginning of a prospective future. Above all, great respect to Paul Campbell and Carl Bradshaw for their outstanding performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nexx JA Film does wonders Nov. 21 2001
By gold167
This film make me laugh but its fi our humour
If you like this try HARD to get The Lunatic starring Paul Campbell, Dancehall Queen, Babymother
Anything affiliated with JA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third World Cop
This is a very good movie. A must have for collection. It shows so much about Jamaican life in the inner city.
Only wished it was encoded for DTS.
Published on April 4 2001 by Michael G Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars a must for dancehall fans
if you love dancehall this movie has a bit of a surprise for you. ninjaman, elephantman, nitty kutchie, boom dandemite, harry toddler, and cutty ranks all have roles in this movie;... Read more
Published on March 7 2001 by "fifthvenom"
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Browne RULES
Chris Browne's film had my attention right away. Not only is it a great story in the tradition of John Woo, Brothers on the opsite sides of the law but has the same grim ending of... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2001 by Scott T. Rouse
This movie was a waste of celluloid and my time!! The actors need shooling, and the cop needs lessons in walking in heels if he's gonna portray a prostitute. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2000 by Emmett Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Dirty Harry with a Jamaican accent!
A Jamaican "Dirty Harry" is the quickest way to sum up this movie, and that is a complement. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2000 by John Frankel
5.0 out of 5 stars One Wicked Movie from Jamdown!
Massive, this movie totally eclipsed "Harder They Come" one of Jamaica's finest. This action packed film highlights the struggle of a Jamaican cop who has to returned... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2000 by Mikey Roots
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