Theatrical Release Date: 25 Feb 2000
Home Ent. Release Date: 18 Oct 2004
Running Time: 98mins 20s
From the production team that brought you 1997's breakout hit, Dancehall Queen, comes Third World Cop, which now holds the title of Jamaica’s highest grossing film of all time. With an exclusive opening in early October in Jamaica, over 100,000 people flocked to see Third World Cop bringing the box office take of over to $500,000 US ($21 million Jamaican). Third World Cop’s opening weekend broke all box-office records on the island and during its remarkably strong four-month run, more than 10% of the adult population in Jamaica saw the film. The film stars Paul Campbell, who has delighted audiences with stellar performances in many Jamaican films, Audrey Reid who had the breakthrough performance as the title character in Dancehall Queen, and Jamaican film veteran Carl Bradshaw. This action-packed drama from director Chris Browne carries a musical pedigree from Island Records' founder Chris Blackwell, who is one of the film's Executive Producers, as is Dan Genetti. Carolyn Pfeiffer, a veteran of the Jamaican film scene, is the Producer. Suzanne Fenn, one of the creators of Dancehall Queen (Writer and Editor) is similarly involved with Third World Cop, which she co-wrote and edited. Set in the exotic and gritty streets of modern day Kingston, Third World Cop tells the story of two friends whose lives have taken them in very different directions. Capone (Campbell), a star crime fighter, is transferred back to his former hometown where he meets up with an old friend, Ratty (Danvers), who operates as the right-hand of the notorious local don, Wonie (Bradshaw). Capone is alarmed that the friend he considered a brother, is now the lead man in a violent gunrunning scheme. Torn between their loyalty to each other and their present lives, each tries to convince the other to join ranks.