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Schuster's ''Mama Jack'' topples box office record

South Africa's Leon Schuster retains his position as the country's leading box office draw with a record-breaking opening of his latest film, 'Mama Jack'. The film earned R4 228 042 in its opening weekend, topping his previous offering, 'Mr Bones', by almost 50%.
This indicates that Mama Jack will probably top Mr Bones, which went on to gross than R32 million, making it South Africa's record holder. Mr Bones broke all South African box office records and outgrossed films like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

According to producer Anant Singh, "Mama Jack is definitely Leon's best film to date. His transformation from a macho guy to the lovable Mama is truly convincing. It is a wonderful, hundred per cent local, family film and a treat for audiences this holiday season. It is great to see people of all ages and a fully integrated racial mix in the cinemas. It is also great to see South Africa's leading critics respond positively, including Barry Ronge, who said, '...this is Schuster at his typical best... he's virtually a national monument.'"

Leon Schuster commented, "I am thrilled with the performance of Mama Jack this past weekend. I have been working on Mama Jack for four years and it is very satisfying for me to see South African audiences enjoy the film so much."

The film marks a departure from the usual Schuster fare of candid camera antics and has a compelling and extremely funny storyline with numerous visual gags and a host of interesting characters played by well-known personalities like Alfred Ntombela, Jerry Mofokeng, Lionel Newton, Mary-Anne Barlow and Shaleen Surtie-Richards. Schuster plays three roles.

Mama Jack is a Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon and Delta Films (Pty) Ltd, produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring, executive produced by Sanjeev Singh and Sudhir Pragjee, written by Leon Schuster, Gray Hofmeyr, Paul Slabolepsky and Jeff Newton, and directed by Gray Hofmeyr.

The top earning cinemas this weekend were East Rand Mall and Gateway in Umhlanga, which earned over R160 000 each. Mama Jack is playing across South Africa in over 100 cinemas.
What's worse than American Slapstick?...-
South african slapstick! Leon Schuster you're creativuty is old and boring. Move over for new talent.
Posted on 29 Nov 2005 15:59
It is so sad that real movies dont get recognition and the same old jokes by Mr Schuster or wotever he calls himself these days gets all the recognition! People please we all need a laugh once in a while but lets not forget the real south african stories like Drum,Twist, Yesterday etc those were supposed to be the highlight of South African Cinema. I have nothing against the guy but REALLY NUW! South Africa Wake UP!
Posted on 29 Nov 2005 16:23
Well, I think it's sad that South Africans actually watch this kind of C@*p. Doesn't speak to well for SA cinema and the quality of movies we make. But, good luck to Mr. Schuster. It's in the bank and that's all the matters.
Posted on 29 Nov 2005 17:03
The article states that "the film marks a departure from the usual Schuster fare of candid camera antics", but from what I can tell its exactly the same as all his previous movies. Plenty of slapstick, stereotypical characters and a more than predictable storyline abound. With great movies like Tsotsi, Yesterday and even Straight Outa Benoni around, I find it very hard to understand how Leon is still so popular. Could it be that the SA movie going public are just not that discerning or could it e that people just really need "pie in the face" type comedy sometimes??
Posted on 29 Nov 2005 17:18
Tryin' to make a livin'-
It's amazing how everyone has an opinion on Leon and his brand of comedy! Give it a break already! He's found his niche and he knows what his market responds to. His comedy is uniquely South African, but that does not necessarily mean that it speaks to who we are, same for Mr Drum, Tsotsi, Yesterday, etc. So stop hatin' on Mr Schuster, let him reap his fruit. P.S. You don't have to see the movie if you don't want to. So back-up off him!
Posted on 29 Nov 2005 17:32
Is that you Leon?-
Sounds either like his biggest fan or perhaps Mr Schuster himself...
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 08:25
amen to that. give a guy a break, he is good at what he does, we keep laughing to his jokes.i agree the are a lot of stories that are the best in our country but people tend to go for what they laugh and love best,whether it's leon or someone else local is nog lekker
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 08:39
OOOOOH give a rest wont you!! South Africans spend most of their times moaning and complaining about poverty, crime etc. it's good to watch something that makes the ordinary South Africans laugh even if its cheezzyyy! VIVA LEON!!! Atleast you'll be laughing all the way to the bank! theko
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 08:48
Overseas Drivel Better?-
I find it ironic that we opine so much about the quality of Leon's movies, given that overseas movies in the same genre are worse, far worse than what he has to give! He's by far better and getting better and hopefully his bank balance too! I don't give a hoot about movies that tell us how lucky, cruel, oppressed or whatever line you adopt, we are...I read about that daily in the papers! Get a life people and pep up your imagination...
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 08:51
Great team-
Leon Schuster and director Gray Hofmeyr make a great team and if you don't crack a smile watching their movies then best you go back to reading Sartre and sipping cold coffee and leave the entertainment to the professionals.
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 08:59
Family fun-
At least you can take your kids to see his movies!
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 09:08
You know in Germany Mr Bones is the largest grossing international film ever? It broke Titanic's records. Maybe you guys are the one with the problem...
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 09:38
Mirror Man
It amazes me how people whine at Leon Shuster movies. However you dress it up Leon Shuster is the best South African at entertaining South Africans. I personally have never gone to the cinema to watch a Leon Shuster movie but I wish him every success because clearly there's a market which is happy to pay for his brand of entertainment infact MORE SO THAN THE MOVIES YOU EXALT AS SUPERIOR QUALITY. As a black South African I also do not want to see Zulu Love Letter or Tsotsi for that matter for entertainment purposes. I help out an AIDS home and if I need anymore understanding of teh subject I'll get involved instead of watch a movie. This for many South African's you forget is a reality and not an escape. Whilst many people who can relate to my circumstances will also enjoy these no doubt great movies I think you make the mistake of equating your personal preference with quality - maybe your tastes are inferior.
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 11:46
True Schuster fan but dissapointed with Mama Jack-
I'm a true Schuster fan who has enjoyed all his previous movies until Mama Jack! It does nothing for me and I wouldn't advice anyone to go see it. There's just not enough gags...
Posted on 30 Nov 2005 13:01
Lets see if you can make a better film-
Leon is probably the only filmmaker in the country that understands what audinces want, lets see if you can make a better film.
Posted on 1 Dec 2005 06:23
Irene Phillips
Mama Jack-
You go boy I really like this movie. All those who are critising Leon must wake up and smell the roses and stop their jealousy.
Posted on 1 Dec 2005 11:13
Chlorophil Posman
Not so sure about quality -
I have seen a lot of Schuster movies, but I am not sure if I want to watch this one. I avoided Mr. Bones as it seemed like another attempt to humour audiences with toilet humour. I am worried about where all this is going? With all the nonsense on TV these days can we still judge good from bad quality productions?
Posted on 6 Dec 2005 13:09
what the?
Be proud! I agree - lets see if you CAN make a better film :)-
I don't get why alot of South Africans put each other down? Why? Please explain it to me... I have been travelling for a few years now - and the one thing that gets me is that South Africans put other south africans down constantly... I was in Europe not so long ago - and the English think more of South Africans than South Africans do themselves... SO maybe we should be proud of Leon. I have watched most of his movies and showed them to my Ozzie friends, who think he's fantastic! Mama Jack was a hit in America just by the way.... Stop your whinging people, be proud - cos maybe just maybe the world will see our talent, but first we need to stop criticizing it!!!
Posted on 29 Dec 2005 01:49
get over it-
and movies like dodge ball and zoolander are great movies? what a load of rubbish!!and they did well... Give Leon Schuster a break... there are plenty of cr@p movies in places like USA, Australia and the like... open your eyes...
Posted on 29 Dec 2005 02:21
Leon ROCKS!-
I am a young lady living who was born in South Africa and have lived in Australia for just pver 10yrs now... No matter what neagtive comments anyone has, the fact remains that Leon Schuster is a living legend! No matter what audience, people of a variety of cultures and can relate to his work...and with all the negative things going on, its fantastic that he can come up with inventive, creative and hilarious comedy to cheer us all up!Give the guy a break, and start supporting a South African icon... ;) Thanks Leon, I''ll always be a fan!
Posted on 4 Feb 2006 12:21
You tw@t-
Please get a life, and by the way, while you there get a f@?king sence of humour.
Posted on 13 Nov 2006 00:07
Another Tw@t-
You must be single. Because you sure as shit you do not have a sence of humor. Or you are to thick to understand good south african comedy. Knob!!!!!!!
Posted on 13 Nov 2006 00:13



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