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A World Apart (1988)

PG | | Drama | 17 June 1988 (USA)
A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Molly Roth
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Gus Roth
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Diana Roth
Nadine Chalmers ...
Yvonne Abelson
Maria Pilar ...
Spanish Dance Teacher
Kate Fitzpatrick ...
June Abelson
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Harold
Phyllis Naidoo ...
Sareda
Linda Mvusi ...
Elsie
Carolyn Clayton-Cragg ...
Miriam Roth
Yvonne Bryceland ...
Bertha
Mackay Tickey ...
Milius
Merav Gruer ...
Jude Roth
Albee Lesotho ...
Solomon
Clement Muchachi ...
Sipho
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A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her father disappears one night, barely evading arrest, and, not long after, her mother is detained by the authorities. Some of Molly's White friends turn against her, and her family's friendships with Blacks take on new meaning. Relationships are fragile in the world of apartheid. How will she manage? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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South Africa, 1963. A mother's love. A family's courage.

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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Mundo à Parte  »

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$2,326,900 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Barbara Hershey won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in this film. She won the same award in the previous year for _Shy People (1987), making her the only actress or actor (as of 2015) to win consecutive awards in Cannes for performance (though in A World Apart (1988) she shared the award with her two female co-stars). See more »

Quotes

Molly Roth: Why don't you just go away and leave us alone?
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Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
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Written by Enoch Sontonga
Arranged by Hans Zimmer
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Excellent coming of age tale
3 January 2003 | by (Atlanta, Georgia USA) – See all my reviews

If this is indicative of things to come, Jodhi May will be one strong actress to reckon with. Barbara Hershey has never been better, but Jodhi May steals the show as her neglected daughter struggling with terms of identity and growth in South Africa pre-Apartheid. This one is truly a gem. I highly recommend seeing it at any opportunity. I have a copy of it I taped off the television years and years ago. I'm hoping one day it is released on DVD.


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