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The Power of One (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  27 March 1992 (USA)
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The Power of One is an intriguing story of a young English boy named Peekay and his passion for changing the world. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. ... See full summary »

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Nomadlozi Kubheka ...
Nanny
Agatha Hurle ...
Midwife
Nigel Ivy ...
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Mother
Brendan Deary ...
Winston Mangwarara ...
Tonderai Infant
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Tonderai Masenda ...
Tonderai
Cecil Zilla Mamanzi ...
Ranch Foreman
John Turner ...
Afrikaner Minister
Robbie Bulloch ...
Jaapie Botha
Gordon Arnell ...
Minister at Mother's Funeral
Jeremiah Mnisi ...
Dabula Manzi
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Doc
Paul Tingay ...
Grandfather
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The Power of One is an intriguing story of a young English boy named Peekay and his passion for changing the world. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. Soon orphaned, he was placed in the care of a German national named Professor von Vollensteen (a.k.a. "Doc"), a friend of his grandfather. Doc develops Peekay's piano talent and Peekay becomes "assistant gardener" in Doc's cactus garden. It is not long after WWII begins that Doc is placed in prison for failure to register with the English government as a foreigner. Peekay makes frequent visits and meets Geel Piet, an inmate, who teaches him to box. Geel Piet spreads the myth of the Rainmaker, the one who brings peace to all of the tribes. Peekay is cast in the light of this myth. After the war Peekay attends an English private school where he continues to box. He meets a young girl, Maria, with whom he falls in love. Her father, Professor Daniel Marais, is a leader of the Nationalist Party of South ... Written by Greg Brunson <gmbtiger@aol.com>

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He's had to fight all his life. Now he's fighting for theirs. See more »

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Kark von Vollensteen (Armin Mueller-Stahl) teaches piano to P.K. Newborn as his character would later do in Shine (1996) with to Geoffrey Rush the latter of whom won a Best Actor Academy for his role. See more »

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When PK's character goes from 12 to 18 years old, the caption is "Johannesburg 1948". After the classroom scene and as PK and Morrie are walking past the fountain after the art lesson, Morrie says, "...as the Queen has for boules..." In 1948, George VI was the monarch. Elizabeth II, his daughter, did not ascend to the throne until 1952, four years later. However, the wife of a British King is known as the "Queen". Therefore, Morrie may have been referring to George VI's wife, Queen Elizabeth (later known as "The Queen Mother" after her daughter ascended to the throne). See more »

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Title Card: In the 1680s, Dutch, French and Germans fled religious persecution in Europe and settled in Southern Africa. They called themselves the Afrikaners. White Africans. / For the next 250 years, the British Empire fought the Afrikaners for control of the land, the gold and 20 million Native Africans. / In 1948, a conservative Afrikaner government was voted into power. A system of segregation first introduced by the English was declared the law of the land. / The English never gave the ...
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Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built For Two)
By Harry Dacre (uncredited)
Performed by The Bulawayo Concert Band
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Powerful but informative
14 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Having read both the book and watched the film, this is a great film.

Although lacking a lot of the depth and detail the book had it still captures the essence that Bryce Courtenay used in the book.

I myself grew up in South Africa during Apartheid and it was indeed a tragedy, this book captures what I saw during my time to the letter. The governing powers feared the tribes and from this grew hate,from hate anger.

I read the book whilst still in South Africa as a teenager and it left me with a tear more than once. The Film has been skillfully crafted as well as any adaptation can be done and still leaves me with a lump every time that pinnacle line is uttered: 'Little beat Big, If little is smart. First with the head, then with the Heart'

A shame that Robert Kamen didn't put the same emphasis that came from the book.


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