The Bang Bang Club

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  109 min.
Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
DVD: August 16, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.29
based on 146 votes and 28 reviews
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Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Frank Rautenbach, Neels Van Jaarsveld, Malin Akerman

Inspiration: The Bang Bang Club


The Bang Bang Club was the name given to four young photographers, Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek (Frank Rautenbach) and Joao Silva (Neels Van Jaarsveld), whose photographs captured the final bloody days of white rule in South Africa and the final demise of apartheid. The film tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of these young men—and the extraordinary extremes they went to in order to capture their pictures.

  Canadian Connection: A Canadian/South African co-production. Actor Taylor Kitsch was born and raised in British Columbia.

Director: Steven Silver
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Daniel Iron, Lance Samuels, Adam Friedlander
Screenplay: Steven Silver
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  • 2 stars "movie was well acted but the writing and direction brought this interesting story to a bore-fest."
  • 3 stars "it held my interest, but it did lack depth in my opinion."
  • 2 stars "cool story, but bad movie. ryan phillipe cannot act."