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A Dry White Season -- A white South African schoolteacher, ignorant about racism in his country, becomes involved when his black gardener is killed.


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Writers (WGA):
André P. Brink (novel)
Colin Welland (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 September 1989 (USA) See more »
Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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a splendid period piece of a dark part of South Africa's history. See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Donald Sutherland ... Ben du Toit

Janet Suzman ... Susan du Toit

Zakes Mokae ... Stanley Makhaya

Jürgen Prochnow ... Captain Stolz (as Jurgen Prochnow)

Susan Sarandon ... Melanie Bruwer

Marlon Brando ... Ian McKenzie
Winston Ntshona ... Gordon Ngubene
Thoko Ntshinga ... Emily Ngubene
Leonard Maguire ... Bruwer
Gerard Thoolen ... Colonel Viljoen

Susannah Harker ... Suzette du Toit
Andrew Whaley ... Chris
Rowen Elmes ... Johan du Toit
Stella Dickin ... Susan's Mother
David de Keyser ... Susan's Father (as David De Keyser)

John Kani ... Julius
Sophie Mgcina ... Margaret
Bekhithemba Mpofu ... Jonathan
Tinashe Makoni ... Robert
Precious Phiri ... Wellington

Richard Wilson ... Cloete
Derek Hanekom ... Viviers

Michael Gambon ... Magistrate

Ronald Pickup ... Louw

Paul Brooke ... Dr. Herzog
Ernest Ndhlovu ... Archibald Mabaso (as Ernest Ndlovu)
Stephen Hanly ... Sergeant Van Zyl
Andrew Proctor ... Jaimie (as Andre Proctor)
Kevin Johnson ... Gert
Grant Davidson ... Lieutenant Venter
Ndu Gumede ... Douma
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube ... Johnson Seroke (as Sello Maake)
Charles Pillai ... Dr. S.D. Hassiem
Rosemary Martin ... Mrs. Beachley
Willie Zweni ... Aubrey Kunene
Mercia Davids ... Sadie
Mannie De Villiers ... Police Commandant
Anna Manimanzi ... Soweto Girl
Hugh Masekela ... Score performer

Directed by
Euzhan Palcy 
Writing credits
André P. Brink (novel) (as André Brink)

Colin Welland (screenplay) and
Euzhan Palcy (screenplay)

Produced by
Tim Hampton .... executive producer
Mary Selway .... associate producer
Paula Weinstein .... producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Pierre-William Glenn 
Kelvin Pike 
Film Editing by
Glenn Cunningham 
Sam O'Steen 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
John Fenner 
Art Direction by
Michael Philips  (as Mike Phillips)
Alan Tomkins (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Peter James 
Costume Design by
Charles Knode 
Makeup Department
Magdalen Gaffney .... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson .... makeup supervisor
Vera Mitchell .... key hair stylist
Peter Robb-King .... chief makeup artist
Jane Royle .... chief makeup
Lisa Tomblin .... hair stylist
Production Management
Rory Kilalea .... production manager
Leonard C. Kroll .... post-production executive (as Leonard Kroll)
Jeannie Stone .... unit production manager: London
Vincent Winter .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Benson .... first assistant director: London
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director
Michel Ferry .... second assistant director
Efstathios Fillis .... second assistant director
Antony Ford .... third assistant director: London
Isaac Mabhikwa .... third assistant director (as Issac Mabhikwa)
Gerard Wall .... second assistant director: London
Art Department
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist
Michael Boone .... draughtsman
Tracy Dunn .... assistant art director
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist
Tony Teiger .... property master
Carine Tredgold .... assistant art director
Bill Welch .... construction manager
Paul Wescott .... hod scenic painter
Sound Department
James Cavarretta .... sound recordist
Roy Charman .... sound mixer
Jack Keller .... sound recordist
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
David Pearson .... boom operator
Bill Phillips .... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
John Morris .... special effects supervisor: London
Marc Boyle .... stunt coordinator
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (as Val Musetti)
Mark Anthony Newman .... stunts (as Mark Newman)
Tip Tipping .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bremner .... gaffer
Dominique Chapuis .... additional photographer
Ernest Day .... additional photographer (as Ernie Day)
Kevin Edland .... best boy
Jamie Harcourt .... camera operator
Jean Harnois .... camera operator
John Higgins .... gaffer
David James .... still photographer
Martin Kenzie .... first assistant camera: second camera
Clive Mackey .... clapper loader
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... focus puller
Mike Roberts .... camera operator (as Michael Roberts)
Bill Thornhill .... best boy
Jean-Claude Vicquery .... camera operator
David Worley .... camera operator
Tony Rowland .... dolly grip: UK (uncredited)
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Wallis Nicita .... casting: U.S.
Joanne Zaluski .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elaine Dawson .... wardrobe mistress
Germinal Rangel .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Paul Elman .... second assistant editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Other crew
Many Barthod .... script supervisor
Robert Conway .... legal advisor
Marianne Jacobs .... production coordinator
John Maloney .... personal security to Marlon Brando
Sam Mattingly .... special publicity
Janine Modder .... production coordinator (as Janine Lodge)
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Alexandra Stone .... assistant to producer
Ann Tasker .... publicist
Ene Watts .... script supervisor

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97 min | West Germany:107 min
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Did You Know?

The film was made and released about a decade or ten years after its source novel of the same name by André Brink had been first published in 1979.See more »
Continuity: When Susan walks in on Ben and Stanley on Christmas day, she is carrying 2 suitcases and does not have her jacket draped on her shoulders. In the next scene, she is leaving the room with the jacket around her shoulders, is carrying only 1 suitcase and it is different than either of the ones she was carrying initially.See more »
Ian McKenzie:Justice and law, Mr. Du Toit, are often just... well they're, I suppose they can be described as distant cousins. And here in South Africa, well, they're simply not on speaking terms at all.See more »


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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
a splendid period piece of a dark part of South Africa's history., 12 July 2004
Author: ( from hong kong

I believe this to be one of Marlon Brando's most underrated performances. The film itself is a splendid period piece of Apartheid South Africa. I rarely see this movie mentioned in biographical comment with regard to Brando's career, and yet, it is a stunning performance. I assume the lack of comment is the fact that he only played a supporting role, and that the subject of apartheid probably denied it a higher profile. As somebody who has lived in South Africa, both before and after apartheid, i cannot tell you how accurate the performance of Brando is in this role. There is no doubt in my mind that he must have studied meticulously before playing this part. I do not know why, but there are a large percentage of professional people in South Africa who have an almost perfect "Queen's English" accent...but it is tinged with a slight South African edge which only the most perceptive can detect. Not only does Marlon Brando capture this perception, but he somehow manages to replicate it, which i have always found truly incredible. You would have to live South Africa to know how fantastic his voicing is in this part, but believe me, apart from the power of his acting, this role is a truly stunning illustration of his amazing ability. I hope this movie will obtain the higher profile it deserves in the future.

Manny Wah Hong Kong

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