|Music by||Wally Badarou|
|Edited by||Suzanne Fenn|
|October 10, 1997|
|Language||English, Jamaican Patois|
Dancehall Queen is a 1997 independent Jamaican film directed and written by Don Letts, starring Audrey Reid, who plays Marcia, a street vendor struggling to raise two daughters. Directed by Rick Elgood and Don Letts.
Marcia Green (Audrey Reid) is a single mom and street vendor barely scraping by even with a financial assist from the seemingly avuncular Larry (Carl Davis), a gun-toting strongman with a twisted desire for Marcia's teenage daughter Tanya (Cherine Anderson) who he then decides to pursue. Complicating things is Priest (Paul Campbell), a murderous hood who killed Marcia's friend and now is terrorizing the defenseless woman. Facing three big problems (Larry, Priest, and a lack of money ), Marcia arrives at an inspired solution: develop an alter ego, a dancing celebrity called the Mystery Lady who can compete in a cash-prize contest and put both of the men against one another.
She does so and Marcia very amusingly carries out her complicated plan, with a little help from sympathetic friends.
Audrey Reid as Marcia, a struggling street vendor, who decides to use dancing to better her situation. So, she takes on the persona of the Mystery Lady, to raise money.
Cherine Anderson as Tanya, Marcia's older daughter. Trying to live a normal life, she has to deal with the advances of Larry, the wealthy man that her mother seeks money from.
Mark Danvers as Junior, Marcia's younger brother. After witnessing his friend's death, at the hands of Priest, he fears he'll be murdered next.
Carl Davis as Larry, a well-off man, who has at interest in Tanya, he falls for the Mystery Lady.
Paul Campbell as Priest, the knife-wielding hood who's pursuing Marcia
Carl Bradshaw as Police Officer #1
Beenie Man as himself
Lady Saw as herself
- Kevin O'Brien Chang, Wayne Chen, Reggae Routes: The Story of Jamaican Music, 1998, p. 216: "'The Harder They Come' collected some of the cream of reggae's golden years from 1967 to 1971 with only the title track being a new song. 'Dancehall Queen' mixed some recent hits with songs created for the movie. ...Still 'Dancehall Queen' was the biggest song of 1997, heading the Star Top 40 for nine weeks."
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