Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  133 min.
Release Date: December 11, 2009
DVD: May 18, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 4.37
based on 160 votes and 34 reviews
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Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones

Inspiration: Nelson Mandela


The inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country.

Newly elected President Mandela 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.

Based on the book "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation" by John Carlin.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Lori McCreary, Mace Neufeld, Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz
Screenplay: Anthony Peckham
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  • 5 stars "Better than Bend It Like Beckham!"
  • 2 stars "dissapointing movie. Loved Freeman's performance, but the rest of teh movie was a bit boring...too bad, because the story was very inspirational."
  • 5 stars "I was so impressed with this movie, amazing cast, well written, and directred. It gave the viewers insight and us on journey and by the end you knew what to look for, the little things that were important. This is my favorite movie from all I've seen the past year!"