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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Latter ...
Cooper
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Frantz Dobrowsky ...
Lieutenant
James Whyle ...
Evans
Nicky Rebelo ...
Ferreira
Frank Opperman ...
Frank
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Visser
Winston Ntshona ...
The Witchdoctor
Dixon Malele ...
Mkhonto (as Dickson Malele)
Elsabe Zietsman ...
Concert Singer
Kerneels Coertzen ...
Major
Louis Minnaar ...
Platoon Captain
Floris de Clerq ...
Point Leader
Lucky Sishuba ...
Herd Boy
Theo Matsiesta ...
Herd Boy
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A group of South African soldiers are sent out into the bush to find and destroy a rebel group that killed an earlier patrol. When they find a small village with all the men gone, the soldiers panic and slaughter the remaining villagers, including an old witch doctor. As the group tries to make their way back to camp, strange things begin happening to them. Are the enemy soldiers normal humans, or have they been cursed by the old shaman? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The film has been banned in South Africa as of 1988. The producers refused to comply with the censors' demand for 48 cuts. This was the first South African film shown in the USSR when it was shown at the 1989 Moscow Film Festival. See more »

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O'Grady: [sees the witchdoctor's skeleton] Miguel! Come and feast your eyes on this, china.
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"We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves." - Albert Camus See more »

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Bad Boys
Lyrics by Janice Honeyman
Composed by Kevin Feather
Produced by Soltone Recording Studios
Performed by Elsabe Zietsman
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Why aren't there more horror films of this caliber?
8 February 2006 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

The Stick is not only the best South African film I have seen, its definitely in my top 10 list of movies of any genre I have ever seen.

The direction is engaging and the photography top class. The script is solid and very good in that its believable if you familiar with eerie world of witch doctor medicine, which makes it very scary. Underlying the story; the senseless killing and confusion of the South African apartheid state of mind is portrayed in a controversial way, which I thought added an interesting tension to the script. Most of which caused it to be heavily banned. So I don't think there are many people on the planet who have seen it. Lucky for those who have. The landscape and content make this film uniquely South African, but its one any horror fan would enjoy.

Truly a great and very different horror film.


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