Jamaican Film & TV Classics: Third World Cop


It’s trademark line, “We run tings, tings nuh run we”  is still repeated today, in the manner of classic movie lines like “Hasta la vista, baby” and it became the highest-grossing Jamaican film. The Chris Browne-helmed Third World Cop proved that a homegrown action thriller could hold its own with Hollywood’s best.

The legendary Paul Campbell played Capone, a street-smart police officer returning to his ghetto neighborhood in Kingston, Jamaica to find himself in conflict with his childhood friend, Ratty (Mark Danvers)who is now the right-hand-man of the local gang-lord in a gun-running racket.

Made for around a half million dollars, the film reportedly ran for twelve weeks in Jamaican cinemas, and also had screenings in the UK and the US. Browne also co-wrote the script with Suzanne Fenn and Chris Saliewicz. Dancehall icon Ninja Man had a supporting role, and there were also minor roles for Elephant Man, Nitty Kutchie and Angel Doolas. The soundtrack also featured tracks from Innocent Kru (“Mambo Jambo”), Beenie Man (“Dungle Boogie”), Lady G  (‘Man A Bad Man”) and Ini Kamoze (‘Call the Police”).

Along with Campbell, the classic also starred Winston “Bello” Bell, Carl Bradshaw, Audrey Reid and Lenfor Salmon