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Invictus (2009)

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Biography, Drama, History |

Invictus is a biographical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story is based on the 2008 John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

The Springboks were not expected to perform well, the team having only recently returned to high-level international competition following the dismantling of apartheid—the country was hosting the World Cup, thus earning an automatic entry.

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison after having spent 27 years in jail. Four years later, Mandela is elected the first black President of South Africa. His presidency faces enormous challenges in the post-Apartheid era, including rampant poverty and crime, and Mandela is particularly concerned about racial divisions between black and white South Africans, which could lead to violence. The ill will which both groups hold towards each other is seen even in his own security detail where relations between the established white officers, who had guarded Mandela’s predecessors, and the black ANC additions to the security detail, are frosty and marked by mutual distrust.

While attending a game between the Springboks, the country’s rugby union team, and England, Mandela recognises that some black people in the stadium are cheering for England, and not their own country, as the mostly-white Springboks represent prejudice and apartheid in their minds; he remarks that he did the same while imprisoned on Robben Island.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writers: Anthony Peckham (screenplay), John Carlin (book)

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh

►Cast:

Morgan FreemanNelson Mandela
Matt DamonFrancois Pienaar
Tony KgorogeJason Tshabalala
Patrick MofokengLinga Moonsamy
Matt SternHendrick Booyens
Julian Lewis JonesEtienne Feyder
Adjoa AndohBrenda Mazibuko
Marguerite WheatleyNerine
Leleti KhumaloMary
Patrick LysterMr. Pienaar
Penny DownieMrs. Pienaar
Sibongile NojilaEunice
Bonnie HennaZindzi
Shakes MyekoMinister of Sport
Louis MinnaarSpringbok Coach (as Louis Minaar)
Danny KeoghRugby President
Dan RobbertseBoer
Robin SmithJohan De Villiers
David DukasCaptain of 747
Grant SwanbyCo-Captain of 747
Josias MoleeleFace Painter
Langley KirkwoodPresidential Guard
Robert HobbsPresidential Guard
Melusi YeniPresidential Guard
Vuyo DabulaPresidential Guard
Daniel HadebePresidential Guard
Jodi BothaHigh School Boy
Hennie BosmanHigh School Coach
Refiloe MpakanyaneJessie
Jakkie GroenewaldJohannesburg Cop
Murray ToddJohannesburg Cop
Japan MthembuLocal Cop
Albert MaritzSpringbok Manager
Sello MotloungMandela’s Doctor
Meren ReddyMinister of the Environment
Lida BothaMrs. Brits
Susan DanfordMrs. Cole
Sylvia MngxekezaMrs. Dlamini
James LithgowNew Zealand PM
Malusi SkenjanaNSC Firebrand
Bart FouchePrison Guard
Johnny CiccoStaff Member
Wayne HarrisonStaff Member
Ashley TaylorTeam Crew
Gift LeotlelaTeam Crew (as Gift Loetlela)
Kgosi MongakeSipho
Given StuurmanTownship Kid
Vuyolwethu StevensTownship Kid
Ayabulela StevensTownship Kid
Nambitha MpumlwanaTrophy Wife
Andre JacobsT.V. Announcer
J.R. RedelinghuysHelicopter Pilot (as JR Redlinghaus)
Mark RickardAnnouncer (voice)
Grant RobertsSouth African Springbok
Scott EastwoodSouth African Springbok
Mark Bown-DaviesSouth African Springbok (as Mark Bowen-Davies)
Dale Stephen DunnSouth African Springbok
Graham LindemannSouth African Springbok
Louis AckermanSouth African Springbok
Andries Le GrangeSouth African Springbok
Thomas BoydSouth African Springbok
Clive Richard SamuelSouth African Springbok
Richard AbrahamseSouth African Springbok
Sean PypersSouth African Springbok
Herman BothaSouth African Springbok
Riaan WolmaransSouth African Springbok
Louis PieterseSouth African Springbok
Ryan ScottSouth African Springbok
Daniel Deon WesselsSouth African Springbok
Vaughn ThompsonSouth African Springbok
Charl EngelbrechtSouth African Springbok
Rolf E. FitschenSouth African Springbok (as Rolf Ernst Fitschen)
Richard MorrisSouth African Springbok
Ryan OlivierSouth African Springbok
Warren EdwardsSouth African Springbok
Andrew NelSouth African Springbok
Rudi ZandbergSouth African Springbok
Renzo PucciniSouth African Springbok
Abraham VlokSouth African Springbok
Geoff BrownSouth African Springbok / Australian Wallaby
McNeil HendricksChester Williams – South African Springbok
John Paul ChapmanNew Zealand All Blacks
Sililo Victor MartensNew Zealand All Blacks
Epeli TaioneNew Zealand All Blacks
Aukusitino Junior PoluleuligagaNew Zealand All Blacks
Patrick BellNew Zealand All Blacks
Anton CoosnerNew Zealand All Blacks
Simon Peter BlakeleyNew Zealand All Blacks
Salman Safodien DavidsNew Zealand All Blacks / Western Samoa
Warrick IrelandNew Zealand All Blacks
Warren TaylorNew Zealand All Blacks
Karl BergemannNew Zealand All Blacks
Jean-Pierre Van ZylNew Zealand All Blacks
Mohammed Ridhaa OamonNew Zealand All Blacks (as Mohammed Ridhaa Damon)
Mark SnodgrassNew Zealand All Blacks
Theodore GroyersNew Zealand All Blacks (as Theodore Grovers)
Gordon JohnstonNew Zealand All Blacks
Conrad MaraisNew Zealand All Blacks
Pieter EngelbrechtNew Zealand All Blacks
Bjorn SteinbachNew Zealand All Blacks

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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