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Mister Johnson (1990)

PG-13 | | 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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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
Q ...
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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Pan Johnson  »

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$1,464,242 (USA)
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This was the first movie that Bruce Beresford directed after his previous film Driving Miss Daisy (1989) won the Academy Award for Best Picture, a film in which Beresford was not Oscar nominated for Best Director. Both of these two movies examine racial themes and race relations. See more »

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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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Written by Harry Warren
performed by the Savoy Havana Band
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Drama used in real-life setting
9 February 2005 | by (Wheaton, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Mister Johnson tells the tale of a young Nigerian man whose dishonesty and desire to please others lead to his downfall. He's lost--thinking he must be British to be a real man, for that is what he hears the British imperialists say. He doesn't understand the intrinsic worth of his African identity, and in his attempt to become more and more British, he loses everything he loves. The plot itself is sad but not entirely original. The movie's charm is in its setting--central Nigeria--and its use of the Pidgin and Hausa from that region. As one who grew up there, I was thrilled with their correct usage of terms and expressions. The cinematography is excellent, and I appreciate the genuineness of the movie itself. Sad but worth watching.


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