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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:
Accurate but incomplete portrayal of the old South Africa 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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Runtime:
97 min | West Germany:107 min
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Trivia:
The only film that Marlon Brando appeared in where he was directed by a female director.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Ben du Toit:Jesus, Susan, this is not just about Gordon! This is about all of us!
Susan du Toit:No. It's about all of *them*. And I will be damned if I let them destroy my family. I don't want Gordon's ghost in my house! I don't want the one with the dark glasses, any of these kaffirs here ever again! I just want to go back to the way it was!
Ben du Toit:If you had come with me... if you had seen what was happening in that court, you would know that we can never go back to the way it was.
Susan du Toit:I *was* in the court.
Ben du Toit:What?
Susan du Toit:Listen to me, Ben. I heard what the police did, and I'm not saying it was right. But you think the blacks wouldn't do the same thing to us, and worse, if they had half the chance? Do you think they'll let us go on living our nice, quiet, peaceful lives if they win? They'll swallow us up! It's our country, Ben, we made every inch of it! Look at the rest of Africa, it's a mess... It's like in war. You have to choose sides. You are not one of them and they don't want you to be!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV)See more »
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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Accurate but incomplete portrayal of the old South Africa, 29 March 2005
Author: ctepizkp from Canada

If you want to understand what the old South Africa could be like at its worst, this movie accurately portrays it. Well acted and only slightly over-dramatized, it gives you the sense of how the ruling culture was blind to its own injustices. Those who oppose the main character from within his own family make some valid points, and that makes it all the more chilling.

As someone who lived in South Africa until shortly before the year this movie is set in (and was forced to leave because I opposed apartheid), I can't fault the authenticity of this movie but I want to caution viewers not to form all your opinions of white South Africans from this type of film. There is a good side to every culture, but it is harder to portray and doesn't always make great box office.

If this movie leaves you hating anyone, you are taking away the wrong message. If it leaves you realizing this could happen anywhere, and ordinary good people can easily find themselves on the wrong side in situations like this, that is the right message to take away.

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