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Dangerous Ground is a 1997 action crime drama directed by Darrell Roodt . The film stars Ice Cube as Vusi Madlazi, a former student activist who, after 15 years of exile, returns to a post-apartheid South Africa in order to find his missing brother. The film also stars Elizabeth Hurley as Karen, the girlfriend of Vusi's brother, and Ving Rhames as crime lord Muki.
The following guns were used in Dangerous Ground:
Early in the film, Vusi Madlazi (Ice Cube) gets carjacked by a street gang. The gang's leader carries an engraved, nickel-plated Beretta M1923 pistol.
Beretta Model 1923 - 9×19 mm Glisenti.
The gang leader aims a Beretta M1923 at Vusi.
A closer view showing the engraving on the pistol.
Early in the film, a young Vusi (Thokozani Nkosi) is exiled by a South African policeman (Wilson Dunster), who threatens him with a Beretta 92SB pistol. The Beretta 92SB is also used by Muki's bodyguard (Simo Mogwaza) later in the film.
Beretta Model 92SB - 9x19mm (note rounded trigger guard and flat bottom magazine).
A South African policeman (Wilson Dunster
) threatens a young Vusi with his Beretta 92SB.
During a fight with members of a white nationalist gang, Vusi Madlazi (Ice Cube) takes a Glock 17 from the gang leader, and subsequently carries it for most of the film. The Glock 17 is also handled by Karen (Elizabeth Hurley), Muki (Ving Rhames), and several of Muki's henchmen.
2nd Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm
Vusi Madlazi (Ice Cube
) holds the Glock on the white supremacist gang leader.
Underworld boss Muki (Ving Rhames
) handles Vusi's captured Glock.
In the climax of the film, Muki (Ving Rhames) uses a modified Taurus PT92 fitted with a compensator and custom grips. This gun is also handled by his right-hand man (Ernest Ndlovu).
Taurus PT92AF - Earliest Model with no Decocker, the lever is only a Safety and does not turn downwards like the later models - 9x19mm.
Muki´s right-hand man holds his Taurus PT92 on Vusi.
The thug holds the Taurus after Vusi attempts to escape from him.
Muki fires the Taurus PT92 along with a custom Varan PMX-80.
ADP Mark II (Wilson Combat ADP)
Wilson Combat ADP - 9x19mm.
Muki's mistress (Candy Jack Lee) fires at Vusi with an ADP Mark II pistol from a hot tub.
Muki's mistress raises her pistol from the hot tub.
Muki's mistress tries to kill Vusi.
Muki (Ving Rhames) uses a Varan PMX-90 as one of his two pistols in the climax, along with a custom Taurus PT92.
Muki fires at the Madlazi brothers with his two pistols.
Muki holds the Varan PMX-90 on Ernest. Note that the frame mounted safety catch is in the up position, which means that the safety is on.
Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver
One of Muki's bodyguards is armed with a nickel-plated Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver.
Smith & Wesson Model 29 with nickel finish - .44 Magnum.
The Smith & Wesson Model 29 sits on Muki's coffee table, along with the custom Taurus PT92, Varan PMX-80 and ADP Mark II.
Muki's thug dies holding the Model 29.
Vektor R4 (mocked up as AK-47)
In the climax of the film, both Vusi (Ice Cube) and Ernest (Sechaba Morojele) Madlazi arm themselves with Vektor R4 rifles that are mocked-up as AK-47s. These modified R4 rifles are now very commonly seen in South African productions, though Dangerous Ground appears to be one of the earliest movies to feature them. Ernest's rifle has an under-folding stock, while Vusi's rifle has no stock at all. A modified R4 is also used by a carjacker in the beginning of the movie.
Unmodified Vektor R4 - 5.56x45mm
A publicity photograph of Vusi Madlazi (Ice Cube
) holding a Vektor R4 modified to resemble an AK-47. Note that his rifle has no stock.
A gangbanger aims a Vektor R4 modified to resemble an AK-47 at Vusi.
Vusi Madlazi (Ice Cube
) fires at one of Muki's henchmen with his modified Vektor R4. Visible in this shot is the less-curved magazine of the Vektor along with the milled lightening cut.
Norinco Type 56-1
Karen (Elizabeth Hurley) uses a Norinco Type 56-1 in the climax of the film, rather than the modified Vektor R4s used by Vusi and Ernest.
Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
Karen is involved in a firefight with gangsters.
Karen, unable to handle the recoil of her Norinco Type 56-1, fires into the ceiling. Note the 7.62x39mm magazine which identifies this as a genuine AK, as opposed to the 5.56x45mm Vektor R4-based AK mockups used by other characters.
One of Muki's bodyguards uses what appears to be a Micro Uzi that has been nickel-plated.
IMI Micro Uzi with 32 round magazine - 9x19mm
A bodyguard fires a Micro Uzi that appears to be nickel-plated.
A sawed-off Armscor M30R6 is used by one of Muki's thugs at the end of the film.
Armscor M30R6 - 12 gauge.
The thug fires his Armscor M30R6.
The thug dies with his shotgun in hand.
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun (Sawed off)
Another Muki´s men carries a sawed-off 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun.
Sawed Off shotgun - 12 gauge
Ernest Madlazi (Sechaba Morojele) sets a custom time bomb at the end of the film.