Mama Jack

Mama Jack is a 2005 South African comedy film by Leon Schuster. It was directed by Gray Hofmeyr and distributed by Nu Metro. It is one of Leon Schuster's most successful films

Mama Jack
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Mama Jack DVD Cover
Directed byGray Hofmeyr
Written byLeon Schuster

Gray Hofmeyr
Paul Slabolepszy
Geoff Newton
Produced byAnant Singh
Helena Spring
StarringLeon Schuster
Mary-Ann Barlow
Alfred Ntombela
Jerry Mofokeng
Lionel Newton
Shaleen Surtie-Richards
Music byDidi Kriel
Distributed byVideovision Entertainment
Distant Horizon
Release date
  • November 24, 2005 (2005-11-24)[1]
Running time
104 minutes
CountrySouth Africa
Box office$4.4 million


Set in Cape Town, South Africa, Mama Jack is the story of Jack Theron, an ordinary person working on a film set as a grip. However, his movie producer boss, John Daragon, hates him and wants to remove him from the production of the movie they are producing about Nelson Mandela, Sweet Bird of Freedom. In a bid to get rid of Jack, the producer spikes his drink with a fictitious drug, Mama Africa, at a glamorous function, and before long Jack has unwittingly offended all the attending dignitaries, ruined the function and got himself on the wrong side of the law while hallucinating.

While on the run, Jack turns to his friend and house mate, Shorty, who is a make-up artist who turns him into "Mama Bolo". Mama Bolo soon finds “herself” employed by the producer's fiancée, Angela, and begins to fall in love with her. A series of deceptions and misunderstandings pile up and comic mayhem ensues with Jack Theron becoming another character, Doctor Donald, a tramp from Scotland.

During the movie premier, Mama Bolo being found out by her dress being torn off her when Stanley stands on the long, green train of her dress. John admits to drugging Jack and is arrested and put in prison. 6 weeks later, Angela is found with her daughter and the domestic workers. Jack uses his grip line down the cable line to reach Angela and confesses his love for her. Jack and Angela later get married. John is later seen escaping through a manhole cover in the road and is dragged by Jack and Angela's car at the end of the film.



  1. ^ "Leon Schuster's Mama Jack hits Los Angeles". Retrieved 2 July 2020.

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