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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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Storyline

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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Drama

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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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According to Time Out, "William Boyd, who adapted Joyce Cary's novel for the film, has compared Johnson to Falstaff and Candide". 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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Stack O'Lee Blues
by Ray Lopez
performed by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
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An exceptionally accurate albeit whimsical film.
28 December 1998 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film that captures the flavor of working in the African bush more accurately than any film I've seen. The gentle cultural clash between Mr. Johnson and the road builder (Pierce Brosnan) is exactly as I've experienced it with so many workers. And Mr. Johnson's downfall caused by his inner conflict (being pulled from his traditional roots down into the beguiling but unaffordable Western abyss) could have been the autobiography of too many African funtionaires I've known.


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