The Hobo
South Africa (ZA), 1980, 66 minutes
The Hobo Synopsis

Two Hobos were once each extraordinary men until life’s tribulations tragically tripped them both up. Dumasani used to be a renowned professional boxer, but after losing an important match, he fell into a downward spiral of depression and alcohol abuse, until ultimately landing up on the streets.

Similarly, Jabulani used to be a great detective with numerous successful cases to his name, but after losing his wife and family through a nasty divorce, he too found solace at the bottom of a bottle and woke up one day to find himself homeless on the streets.

When the pair are approached by Pretty, a friend from Jabulani’s past, offering them a handsome reward to get to the bottom of her husband’s murder, they finally see a way to improve their lot in life.

The pair soon discover that the husband was into some dodgy dealings, and was most likely killed by his drug-dealing partners. It is then that Pretty reveals her true colours, and steals the confiscated drugs the hobo friends recovered, but Jabulani brings his past detective skills to the table and they manage to get their own back at Pretty.

Tell us what you think of The Hobo!
Your rating
Delete Review
Are you sure you want to delete this review?
Delete Reply
Are you sure you want to delete this reply?
Leave a review...
Reviewed by josephcalingasa
This film is about Jabu a former detective and Dami, a former boxer who both end up living in the streets as hobos.  An offer by Pretty, Jabu's acquaintance, gets... more
This film is about Jabu a former detective and Dami, a former boxer who both end up living in the streets as hobos.  An offer by Pretty, Jabu's acquaintance, gets them back on track, getting rid of their soiled clothes and committed to solve the case of Pretty's husband. The twist in the end caught them off-guard but they eventually took control of the situation. What I found amusing though was there seems to be a miscast in the characters. The actor who plays Jabu( Jabulani Luthului) looks more like the ex-boxer and Dami looks more like the ex-detective because he was serious and looks like a deep thinker. The former on the other hand had a rather carefree character, more athletic in terms of posture. Another odd thing I've noticed in the African films, not only with this one, was  the preference for the color of neon orange/red orange in their wardrobe. I think they prefer it because they're dark-skinned but then again it gives a quite shocking effect to one's vision. Much better if they settle for mint green, beige or even white shades maybe, well just my suggestion though! All in all, this film was quite engrossing to watch although the script/screenplay could still be improved. 
Press Esc to Cancel.
. Unlike . Reply .
Leave a reply...
Reviewed by nikkareyes
The story seems interesting but got confused towards the latter part of the film. I wonder why Jabu and Dami, the two former hobos, didn't coordinate with the local police... more
The story seems interesting but got confused towards the latter part of the film. I wonder why Jabu and Dami, the two former hobos, didn't coordinate with the local police force and had to shoot Pretty and the goons all by themselves. I reckon they may also be punished for that. Nevertheless, it was quite an interesting movie and the two lead characters were quite commendable in their portrayals. 
Press Esc to Cancel.
. Unlike . Reply .
Leave a reply...
Delete Comment
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Delete Reply
Are you sure you want to delete this reply?

Comments

Leave a comment...