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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Third World Harry Callahan Aug. 9 2000
Format:VHS Tape
If you've ever wondered what it takes to succeed as a cop in a Third World country like Jamaica, writer/director Chris Browne has a simple answer for you -- be as ruthless as the criminals. But despite the charisma of lead actor Paul Campbell ("Dancehall Queen"), it's hard to root for a lawman with an itchier trigger finger than all the bad guys in the film combined. Consequently, his childhood friend, Ratty (Mark Danvers), a dancehall promoter by day/gunrunner by night comes across as the better man simply because he's that much less violent. Of course, it's possible that we're meant to see Ratty's importing and distribution of weaponry as the *means* by which gunfire continues to fill the air of Kingston Town as loudly and as insistently as dancehall. But never fear! Campbell's Capone, like De Niro before him, proceeds to "wipe the scum off the streets" until there's no scum left to wipe. And that may very well make him a successful cop...but at what cost? That will have to wait for another movie. Nonetheless, fans of Carribean culture will probably want to check out what has become the most successful Jamaican film of all time (despite camera work that often makes it looks like a home movie). Music by Sly and Robbie and featuring an appearance by veteran actor, Carl Bradshaw ("The Harder They Come") as Ratty's boss, The Don.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Dirty Harry with a Jamaican accent! Aug. 30 2000
A Jamaican "Dirty Harry" is the quickest way to sum up this movie, and that is a complement.
Paul Campbell plays Capone, a tough cop who has just been transferred to Kingston to help get a handle on the crime scene there. His first assignment has him going back to his hometown on the trail of some stolen guns. As fate would have it he runs into his buddies from childhood including his best friend, Ratty. Unfortunately Ratty turns out to be the right hand man for the local crime boss.
The picture quality of this DVD is excellent as it was shot using digital cameras which makes the transition to DVD a perfect match. I wish it had been shot as a widescreen feature instead of full-frame, but I can certainly understand them not making that decision.
BTW, during the scene where Capone is using a laptop computer, be sure to notice the names of the folders on the desktop! - moviesforguys.com
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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 a must for dancehall fans March 7 2001
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; which is a cop versus gun dealer type flick. the dvd is full screen and shot in cheap video format, but it still shines despite these flaws. the soundtrack is very good despite containing no tracks from the aforementioned artists. i wonder if this is what ninjaman has been doing lately, because he does have quite a substantial role in this flick, and doesn't do bad at all at the acting thing....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Browne RULES Dec 31 2000
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 all great Woo Films. THe DanceHall Sound Track really keeps the film pumping. The use of video in this film really makes me believe that films can be shot on video and have the same impact as somthing shot on 35mm. This film is really worth your time. Chris Browne Rules as a director and I hope he gets another film here in the states
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Invincible" Third World Cop Jan. 22 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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1.0 out of 5 stars THIRD WORLD BLAXPLOITATION HERE! Dec 20 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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. Who did the makeup here, Marilyn Manson? The drug shoot-outs practically had me rollin' in the aisles, and if you look closely you see bullet explosions from the victim's chests! A third world blaxploitation masterpiece!! Buy the CD and light-up a blunt instead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third World Cop
This was a very good film. If you have seen Shottas, this title will be a good choice.
Published on Jan. 10 2010 by Yukman
4.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by Matthew Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Dancehall Queen!
I bought this video because it had some of the same actors as "Dancehall Queen" and boy did I get my monies worth! Read more
Published on July 11 2002 by "mskris2u"
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Best.
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".
Published on April 21 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nexx JA Film does wonders
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
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by gold167
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
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. 28 2000 by Mikey Roots
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