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Shottas

4.5 out of 5 stars 372 customer reviews

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In the tradition of Scarface and The Harder They Come, Shottas is an unapologetic raw urban drama about two young men, Wayne (Spragga Benz) and Biggs (Kymani Marley), who grow up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. As young boys, they begin a life of crime, eventually moving to the U.S., where they begin a ruthless climb from the bottom to the glittering top of a criminal enterprise in a Miami filled with fast cars and gorgeous women. The two men remain fiercely bound by their shottas loyalty as they aggressively take control of the Jamaican underworld.

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In Jamaican patois, a gangster is a "shotta" or "shot-caller." Like The Harder They Come and Third World Cop, Cess Silvera choreographs his crime drama to a reggae beat. Bob Marley’s son Stephen provides the music, while Wyclef Jean drops by as a dealer. The saga begins in late-1970s Kingston. Teenagers Biggs (J.R. Silvera) and Wayne (Carlton Grant Jr.) have had their fill of poverty, so they get a gun and start looting and shooting like the shottas they idolize. Flash forward 20 years and Biggs (Stephen’s actor/musician brother, Kymani Marley) has just been deported from the States. He picks up where he left off, joining Wayne (DJ Spragga Benz) and the psychopathic Mad Max (Paul Campbell, Dancehall Queen) in the thug life. As with Pacino's Tony Montana, Miami is their ultimate port of call. Silvera acknowledges the debt to Brian De Palma's Scarface, but there isn't as much drama here--just a lot of violence (spurting blood is a running motif). Cinematographer Cliff Charles uses all manner of visual trickery to lively up the joint, like grainy black and white, slow motion, and jump cuts. The soundtrack also helps to keep things moving, but it's hard to feel sympathy for those who feel no sympathy for anyone but themselves. Vicious as he was, Montana still had a smidgen of sensitivity. As with The Harder They Come, this English-language production is subtitled due to strong accents and pervasive slang. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • Shottas Dictionary
  • Video Introduction by Ky-Mani Marley and Cess Silvera
  • Audio Commentary with Director Cess Silvera
  • Audio Commentary with Director Cess Silvera & Cast
  • "Shottas for Life" behind-the-scenes featurette
  • My Brother, My Friend: A Shottas Dedication
  • In Memoriam

Product Details

  • Actors: Ky-Mani Marley, Spragga Benz, Louie Rankin, Paul Campbell, Wyclef Jean
  • Directors: Cess Silvera
  • Writers: Cess Silvera
  • Producers: Cess Silvera, Brad Kiosaki, David-Michael Petragnani, Destiny Danny Campbell, Fabien Pruvot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JRYOPG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shottas" on IMDb

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This was Cess Silva's 1st film and it was a very good movie, it explores the life of two Jamaican childhood best friends who grew up dirt poor & raggedy in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica. The friends (Biggs & Wayne)shared common goals, and each wanted to be rich with money, power & respect and wouldn't stop until they got to the top and had the best life possible. The movie takes you on a roller coaster ride while it explores friendship, loyalty, ambition, crime, pain, love, deceit/betrayal and teaches you a lessons. The loyalty, love and respect Wayne, Biggs & Mad Max have for one another as friends is almost farfetched nowadays, no one got jealous of the other one, no hating or backstabbing, just true brotherly love. They were down for each other and fearless. At the end Biggs learned a painful lesson when his demons finally catch up to him and he has to pay in many ways that money nor fine luxuries can't buy. I'll admit it was an underground movie and leaves alot to be desired which may come if there's a sequel, but being this is the director's first movie, I give him 5 stars for effort and for the delectable eye candy (Kymani Marley & Spragga Benz). In his next effort I'm sure he'll have a plot and other essentials in a good movie.
This is a good movie and anyone from the hood, the Caribbean and born African American can definately relate, I feel as though this movie is just as good as Scarface, The Godfather and Belly for that much, these rappers and artists that have no formal acting coaching did a superb job!
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People scoring this movie with only a couple stars and complaining that it is derivative of other movies are missing the point. There is no pretension that this movie is something original and new. The point is to examine the life of Jamaican shottas, which this movie does well.

The quality of the acting is a pleasant surprise. Some of the main characters had no previous acting experience and do an admirable job. Louie Rankin, in particular, delivers a tremendous performance and is perfectly cast. Spragga also is excellent in the film. Although Ky-mani Marley gives a decent performance, there is something about the way he portrays his character that does not feel quite right. Hopefully in the sequel this aspect will be addressed.

The soundtrack is essentially flawless. The selection of songs and the soundtrack, done by Stephen Marley, fit into the movie well.

I would like to commend the director of Shottas, who also happens to be the writer of the story. The film is pieced together well, has the correct ambience from scene to scene, and is paced nicely in a way that does not get boring. There is also a fun addition of a little bit of comic relief from time to time that is placed well.

Shottas is by no means a masterpiece, but it is highly entertaining. There are few films that I watch multiple times. Shottas is one of those few films that I watch over and over. If you want to see a solid action film with pounding reggae and a Jamaican backdrop then Shottas is for you.
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Now this movie is a classic! I even love the scenes and the real action! Now this is the movie you got to see! Ain't no doubt about it! No question about this movie! Straight on top! Check out that dude from that movie called "Belly!" This movie is real ever since Belly came out or Menace to Society! I can't forget them movies Scarface, Untouchables, King of New York, The harder they come, (Well I never seen that movie) and Year of the Dragon! This is a must see! Thanks!

Dee Smalls!
Represent: Decatur, GA!
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I jus ordered this movie im vary happy to own this movie this the best Jamaican ever made shottas I watched this movie millions of times wen I get this movie imma watch it alot cant wait to get the movie I got it for a great deal I tell everybody bout shottas I even talk bout it on Facebook alot ppl said they love the movie shottas they said they watch it alot I love this movie so much
M.O.B
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I wasnt expecting to much of this movie but it turned out to be really good. Ky-Mani and Spragga did a great job imo. Its kind of like a Jamaicanized Belly. Everyone has already told you what its about so I'll skip all that but I really enjoyed this movie and ended up buying it
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My first time viewing this movie was at someone else's house. I never really paid it much attention; I just remember people saying it was something like BELLY. I'm glad I was able to form my own opinion of it. Its become one of my favorite movies.
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This is a Jamaican version of Scarface with all authentic Jamaican actors. I enjoy watching this film. Teddy Buckshot (Louie Rankin) also killed it. I understand the patois but there are subtitles for those not familiar with the Jamaican lingo.
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It's funny how people project their feelings on to others. But to shed some lite on the movie, isn't that what going on in
today's society .... ? If those who like this movie were made in this imitation you would think that you would change up your routine.
Not how those seem to think this is a outline of how it to be copied! This movie reminded me of the sixties in a lot of ways ...
This is a lesson for those PLAY GANGSTERS who think they are doing somethings ...
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