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Shottas (2006)

Ky-Mani Marley , Spragga Benz , Cess Silvera  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • 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)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shottas" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Independent Film!!!!!! July 17, 2007
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shottas January 6, 2008
This is the best Jamaican movies ever. I can watch this movie a million times and never get bored. A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisely Good August 9, 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Get It If You Dont!!!! December 18, 2007
If you like Belly, State Property, Blue Hill Av, Scarface or any of them then YOU GOTTA GET DIS!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars hot fi-yah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 April 12, 2007
this movie was HOTT. i bought this movie on bootleg and never watched it until i got bored one day. WOW what i had been missing. head bussing and wig splittin all throughout the movie. i don't know what was funnier wyclef himself or the clothes that he was wearing. BIG UP to the cast and musch respect to dem shotta mad max
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!! November 22, 2007
I love this movie! The soundtrack is wonderful, the storyline is great! A must see for all yardies!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! September 29, 2007
I love this movie. Ladies be prepared to fall in love with Kymani Marley. It's a good movie & it's crazy because things like this do occur in the world today maybe even worse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars de greatest May 12, 2007
This is de truest shotta business. One to watch! Better than any movie mi ever see bout shotta business. This a jamaican affair about top shottas and if there is a second part mi will buy it any day. It's intense,tough and hotta than fire. Kymani Marley,Spragga Benz(de real thuggie),Louie Rankin and the real mad,tough&wickedest actor Paul Campbell should be awarded for best actors fi di year. The plot was remarkable and one to remember!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot say good things about Shottas
I cannot say good things about Shottas...Kymani Marley, Spragga Benz, Louie Rankin & Paul Campbell is one terrific cast. The music, the action... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michelle R
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
2nd only to Belly
Published 4 days ago by LeTrianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie not this edition
Not a fan of this edition but will always love this movie. I hate the translation because it is so off.
Published 18 days ago by Miamigal1
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire!
This movie is awesome, straight gangsta movie. I almost cried when Wayne got killed, but I'm good tho. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amber Shi'nice
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Had to replace a copy that someone stole from me. Will be holding on to this one real time. It came brand new and played well.
Published 1 month ago by Georgianna Jefferys
5.0 out of 5 stars Real recoginze real... this movie is it
Jamaica's finest release of real life drama of life in some parts of the island. I love just looking at Kymani Marley and Spragga Benz...
Published 2 months ago by Annette Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Colby
Great works perfectly fine comes with cover and 2 disk very satisfied this is my fav Jamaican movie .!! @
Published 2 months ago by Anthony Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars prefect
This is a great movie I can watch it over in over again I love the sound track I love the music
Published 3 months ago by Tanaracooper
3.0 out of 5 stars kinda sucky
I was too excited when I saw this movie on here.. Got here way quicker than I thought it would.. Only down fall it wont play on my ps3 or the regular DVD player… only way we can... Read more
Published 3 months ago by felicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Shottas!
The guy who I brought the movie for enjoyed it. So that's all that matters. He said it was his favorite movie.
Published 3 months ago by Othelia Manning
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