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Mister Johnson (1990)

 -  Drama  -  April 1991 (USA)
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In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity -- an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives or the British. He works for the local British magistrate, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maynard Eziashi ...
Mister Johnson
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Harry Rudbeck
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Sargy Gollup
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Celia Rudbeck
Denis Quilley ...
Bulteen
Nick Reding ...
Tring
Bella Enahoro ...
Bamu
Femi Fatoba ...
Waziri
Kwabena Manso ...
Benjamin
Hubert Ogunde ...
Brimah (as Chief Hubert Ogunde)
Sola Adeyemi ...
Ajali
Jerry Linus ...
Saleh
George Menta ...
Emil
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Aliu
Tunde Kelani ...
Jamesu
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In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity -- an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives or the British. He works for the local British magistrate, and considers himself English, though he has never been to England. He is always scheming, trying to get ahead, which lands him in a lot of hot water. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Africa 1923: A clash of cultures between British imperalists and a black man too smart for his own good.

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April 1991 (USA)  »

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Pan Johnson  »

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$1,464,242 (USA)
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Second of three films that actor Edward Woodward made with director Bruce Beresford. The movies include Breaker Morant (1980), King David (1985) and Mister Johnson (1990). All three pictures had two-word titles and were all made in around five year intervals. See more »

Quotes

Celia Rudbeck: Perhaps you could clean your teeth tonight having taken the pipe out of your mouth - that would be a change.
Harry Rudbeck: I'm sorry, Celia.
Celia Rudbeck: Sorry about what?
Harry Rudbeck: I'm sorry about all of this.
Celia Rudbeck: Are you? You don't do anything about it.
Harry Rudbeck: Do? Well, what can I do? I'm in bloody West Africa. In the bloody bush. This isn't Mayfair, you know!
Celia Rudbeck: You don't have to tell me that. What about that horrible peanut soup? Peanut soup! Any idiot can make vegetable soup - even in bloody West Africa.
Harry Rudbeck: Why don't you tell Jamesu what you ...
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Dedicated to Chief Hubert A. Ogunde (1915 - 1990) See more »

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Pasadena
written by Harry Warren
performed by The Savoy Havana Band
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I'm not the son of a dog, I'm an English gentleman.
14 March 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Mister Johnson" is, first and foremost, a comedy. I must say this, because it's far too light-headed to be a serious dramatic film. Although, whatever the case, I can't say it's the most compelling story. The title character (played by Maynard Eziashi) isn't as sympathetic as the script might intend him to be. He steals, he cheats, he tries his best to be an Englishman, all to much self-detriment.

From a artistic standpoint, as well, this is not an especially engaging tale. Bruce Beresford has displayed a lot of subtlety in other films, but there's something about "Mister Johnson" that falls quite flat for me. I wanted to like it, because I nearly always enjoy Beresford's films. In the end, it's the performances by Eziashi and Brosnan that make this worth watching. They create characters you can get into, even though lacking a script that deserves it.


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