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Invictus - Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Robert Hobbs, Clint Eastwood

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Newly-elected President Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Nelson Mandela biography South Africa freedom fighter President apartheid Rugby World Cup Francois Pienaar

Persons of interest

  • Morgan Freeman .... Nelson Mandela
  • Matt Damon .... Francois Pienaar
  • Tony Kgoroge .... Jason Tshabalala
  • Patrick Mofokeng .... Linga Moonsamy
  • Matt Stern .... Hendrick Booyens
  • Julian Lewis Jones .... Etienne Feyder
  • Adjoa Andoh .... Brenda Mazibuko
  • Marguerite Wheatley .... Nerine
  • Leleti Khumalo .... Mary
  • Patrick Lyster .... Mr Pienaar
  • Penny Downie .... Mrs Pienaar
  • Sibongile Nojila .... Eunice
  • Bonnie Henna .... Zindzi
  • Dan Robbertse .... Boer
  • Robin Smith .... Johan De Villiers
  • Refiloe Mpakanyane .... Jessie
  • Albert Maritz .... Sprinbok Mranage
  • Lida Botha .... Mrs Brits
  • Susan Danford .... Mrs Cole
  • Sylvia Mngxekeza .... Mrs Dlamini
  • Kgosi Mongake .... Sipho
  • Graham Lindemann .... Kobus Wiese
  • Zak Feaunati .... Jonah Lomu
  • John Carlin .... Author: Playing the enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation
  • Anthony Peckham .... Screenwriter
  • Clint Eastwood .... Director

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Theatrical report

I have never cheered for a South African team. I didn't cheer for the Springboks when they toured New Zealand in 1981. I certainly didn't cheer for them during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Now, in 2010, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon have got me doing the impossible: I was rooting for the green and gold in a game of rugby football. Bastards.

So I'm a trendy, lefty, tree-hugging, bleeding-heart, hippy, greenie (don't hold it against me - look what it did for Al Gore's career) and I wanted to free Nelson Mandela by not playing Sun City. Sue me. This film tells you more about the post-apartheid era than any number of new reports. It puts you into the minds of the South African people in a way that mere knowledge cannot impart. This is understanding. There are times when circumstances are balanced on a knife-edge. This is one of those times.

Morgan Freeman does a pretty good Nelson Mandela but it's Matt Damon's Francois Pienaar who really makes the movie. He's the one who has to make the longest and hardest journey (Nelson has already completed the hardest part of his), from privileged princeling to member of a very small minority, and he has to believe that this is a good thing. It's a good thing that he did, because otherwise this would be a crap movie.

You don't have to like rugby to like this film but you'll certainly enjoy the close-up man-on-man struggle that it is. Matt Damon must've had some very good trainers because he looks like he's been playing all his life. (For our foreign readers, rugby is about taking the hardest route to get the ball into the opponent's goal area, unlike Grid Iron with it's swaddling armour and helmets and throwing the ball forwards. >:p) You don't even have to like sport, because in this case, sport has become a political tool, which I am normally against but what are rules for if not to be broken? It's all in a good cause.

Invictus is a pretty good film, of the hard, gritty, desperate kind that you've come to expect from Clint Eastwood. Enjoy.

The Nelson Mandela biography movie Invictus is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Robert Hobbs.

Government security censorship classification

PG (Infrequent coarse language)

Surveillance time

133 minutes (2:13 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 January 2010

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