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Director:
Writers (WGA):
André P. Brink (novel)
Colin Welland (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 September 1989 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Gripping tale about social injustice See more (30 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Johnson Seroke
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
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Directed by
Euzhan Palcy 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
 
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
 
Stunts
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
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
 
Other crew
Many Barthod .... script supervisor
Robert Conway .... legal advisor
Marianne Jacobs .... production coordinator
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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Trivia:
The last film to depict an anti apartheid story to be released whilst Nelson Mandela was still in Prison.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When the camera pulls away from the court house (Harare City Hall) a bus drives past displaying an advertisement for Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, which flew to Zimbabwe, but not to South Africa under apartheid during the 1970s.See more »
Quotes:
Ben du Toit:If someone told you your child had died and wouldn't tell you how he died or where the body was buried, wouldn't you be upset?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV)See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Gripping tale about social injustice, 5 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Apartheid gripped South Africa for many years. One heard the news with total disbelief, as things got worse in that country. Euzhan Palcy has brought Andre Brink's novel to the screen making a statement along the way about what was wrong in South Africa under the brutal repression of those that dared to make a stand.

The carnage one sees in the film is hard to take. Especially, since one occurrence is directed to innocent children who are trying to make a stand about education. At the time, the white establishment labeled communist all those that dared oppose the ruling class. It's ironic that after things got to be democratic, those same rebels didn't turn the country into a communist state.

The story centers on a white teacher that suddenly awakens to what is happening around him. His involvement comes through his gardener, Gordon, who is a decent man. When the gardener's son is arrested, Gordon turns to Ben for help. That will mark the beginning of Ben's passive attitude toward apartheid. By trying to help, Ben will be a marked man, a traitor to his people, according to even his own family.

Donald Sutherland makes an excellent Ben, the former football star and teacher. We watch him as he gets deeply involved in his quest for justice in a land where it was unknown. Zakes Mokae, an immensely talented actor of stage and screen, plays Stanley the man that serves as a link between the struggling faction and Ben. Jurgen Prochnow plays the sadistic Capt. Stolz conveying all the cruelty and arrogance of the man. Janet Suzman is Ben's wife, a woman who doesn't want to see any changes in her cushy life.

The surprise of the film is the appearance of Marlon Brando in a small, but pivotal role of Ian McKenzie, a barrister that brings the case to a court of justice, but it's defeated by the system. Mr. Brando made a tremendous contribution to the film.

Ms. Palcy's film is a reminder of the injustice perpetuated in South Africa under the apartheid rule.

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