Catch a Fire

release date:October 27, 2006
Tuesday January 30, 2007 (dvd)
running time:101 min.
director:Phillip Noyce
studio:Odeon Films
producer(s):Anthony Minghella, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo
screenplay:Shawn Slovo
cast:Tim Robbins, Derek Luke, Robert Hobbs, Bonnie Mbuli
Current Tribute rating: Current rating: 3.98    Rate Movie     User Reviews

Catch a Fire Movie Synopsis

Times are tough for black people in Apartheid-era South Africa, but Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke) has his home, his family and a good job at the Secunda Oil Refinery. He wants no part of the anti-Apartheid movement, choosing instead to lead a simple life. On a day when Patrick has a day off work to attend a football game and to secretly visit the son he fathered with his ex-girlfriend, terrorists attempt to blow up the Oil Refinery.

Nic Vos (Tim Robbins), a white policeman striving to maintain order in the face of increasing unrest, arrests Patrick and two black co-workers. During the interrogation, he presents himself as someone who doesn’t use the harsh methods of his fellow cops. To protect his marriage, Patrick hides the alibi that could save him, until his wife Precious is also arrested and beaten.

Patrick emerged a changed man, one who struggles to find his role in the turmoil that threatens his country. Based on a true story.

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  A really good, intelligent movie. Very well acted (and I don't like Robbins) and a smart script.

I thought it was a really to the point kind of movie that people really need to see. I cryed. It was wonderful.

Fine and sensitive story describing much of Joe Slovo`s role as a hero of the South African liberation, told through the eyes of one of the people who worked with him in the struggle, Patrick Chamusso. Slovo`s family (but not his wife - she was killed then) wrote the screenplay with much love and attention to the detail many South Africans remember. The TIFF screening of this met with great applause, especially for a gracious Mr. Chamusso who was present.