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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nomadlozi Kubheka ...
Agatha Hurle ...
Nigel Ivy ...
Brendan Deary ...
Winston Mangwarara ...
Tonderai Infant
Tonderai Masenda ...
Cecil Zilla Mamanzi ...
Ranch Foreman
John Turner ...
Afrikaner Minister
Robbie Bulloch ...
Jaapie Botha
Gordon Arnell ...
Minister at Mother's Funeral
Jeremiah Mnisi ...
Dabula Manzi
Paul Tingay ...


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 <>

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Rated PG-13 for some areas of strong violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Poder de um Jovem  »

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$2,827,107 (USA)

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The Power of One (1992)'s storyline featured story elements related to the sport of boxing. The film's director John G. Avildsen had previously directed Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984), two movies which were publicized in slogans and taglines for The Power of One (1992) declaring that the movie was "From the Academy Award-winning director of ROCKY and THE KARATE KID". Avildsen also directed The Karate Kid, Part II (1986), The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) and Rocky V (1990), with the latter two titles being shot in consecutive years. In total, of these above-mentioned titles, Avildsen has directed three karate titles and three boxing titles, totaling to six heavyweight movie titles in this genre altogether. See more »


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, " 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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I can't believe this was how real human beings acted!
11 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching this movie in history class to get a better understanding of colonialism and the conflicts in South Africa (mostly Apartheid), I realized that not everything that you watch in school sucks. On the last scene I cried (and this is the only movie I've ever shed a tear on). Why wasn't this HUGE? How many famous actors does this need to win an Oscar? This is definitely the most emotional film I've ever seen (that doesn't mean to watch it with you girlfriend)! If you're reading this and haven't seen it, then get up and run to Block Buster before they close!!!!! NOW!!!!!! This is definitely my favorite movie and you must see it if you haven't (although it probably won't be my favorite movie for long!?)!

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