|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Matt Stern, Shakes Myeko, Marguerite Wheatley, Morgan Freeman, Adjoa Andoh, Matt Damon, Patrick Lyster, Leleti Khumalo, Tony Kgoroge, Louis Minnaar, Patrick Mofokeng, Julian Lewis Jones, Sibongile Nojila, Penny Downie, Bonnie Henna|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||Based on a True Story, Clint Eastwood, Impossible Missions, Just Arrived, Leading Men, LOVEFiLM Favourites, October Picks, Opposites Attract|
|Run time:||2 hours 8 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Jul 2010|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Clint Eastwood directs and Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela. So can they pull it off?
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Clint, Morgan and Damon. Don't mention MandelaBy Benhuczek (145 reviews) from London , 06 Jan 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]It's neither brilliant nor dreadful; and to be fair, it is above average. But this film somehow leaves you slightly unfulfilled. Yes the story is on the face of it inspiring; the use by newly elected President Mandela of South Africa's hosting of the Rugby World Cup 1995 to start the unification of a country torn apart by apartheid. Couldn't Clint have found two proper South Africans to play the lead roles? Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman are just too well known for these roles. I also felt that the filming of the actual matches being played was technically well-below what we can rightfully expect to see on screen. I mean, these matches actually happened and I found the film so unconvincing in this area that I have googled them to make sure that it was true! If you look at the whole thing from an american perspective, then I suppose it's pretty much what you might expect from a production team who appear not to understand rugby. Finally, the metaphor using the Presidential Guard to illustrate the unification of blacks and whites under one flag was painful to watch. The whole thing might have been more effective by just changing the point of view away from Nelson Mandela to one of the other protagonists; but without Mandela, you've got nothing international to take to market ..... This is definitely not one of Clint's best efforts.
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More than RugbyBy a customer , 23 Jul 2013This is one of the best films I've seen. It has a lot of messages in it e. g. team work and forgiveness. Anyone who thinks this film is rubbish has totally missed the point. Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman are excellent.
Eastwood delivers againBy Big__Al (48 reviews) , 26 Jun 2013Totally taken aback by this moving, awe-inspiring film. 'How can a man spend 27 years in a small cell and then forgive the people who put him there?' 'Nough said.
Very uplifting and enjoyable, even if you don't understand rugby.By AnnekaHannah (9 reviews) , 08 Apr 2013A very moving and uplifting film. Freeman and Damon are excellent and well supported by a very good ensemble, and the whole story is a beautiful and emotionally gripping one. I'm not into rugby, so on that level the film was somewhat impenetrable; but I still enjoyed it immensely.
Nelson. Another victory?By oJo (29 reviews) from Hemel Hempstead , 02 Mar 2013Clint does it again, this time with a story we think we all know, but brings some new light to shine. Morgan Freeman brings what only he can to the role of Nelson Mandela, whilst Matt Damon at first would seem to be somewhat of a miss casting as the Springbok captain. But he just about pulls it off, considering he appears to be half the size of the original guy. Although one would have to admit that the sporting scenes are perhaps the weakest part of the film. All told, not a bad film. After all, if it's got the name of Eastwood on it, then it's not going to really bad.
Awful rubbishBy a customer , 16 Jan 2013This really is BAD. One-dimensional characters, terrible script, boring and a waste of celluloid. Real shame as Morgan Freeman can do so much better. Anyone giving this 5 stars must have been watching a different film. I couldn't care less about any of the characters and the whole story seemed to be delivered by all the cast in some sort of collective trance. Don't waste you time with this rubbish. Turned it off after 45 mins (I really tried to like it).
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