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The Power of One (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 March 1992 (USA)
An English boy, living in Africa during World War II, through his boxing prowess, becomes a symbol of hope, in a time of war.

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Nomadlozi Kubheka ...
Agatha Hurle ...
Midwife
Nigel Ivy ...
P.K. Newborn
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Mother
Brendan Deary ...
P.K. Infant
Winston Mangwarara ...
Tonderai Infant
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Tonderai Masenda ...
Cecil Zilla Mamanzi ...
Ranch Foreman
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Afrikaner Minister
Robbie Bulloch ...
Gordon Arnell ...
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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An exhilarating epic of a triumph of the heart. See more »

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

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O Poder de um Jovem  »

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$2,827,107 (USA)
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This movie's storyline featured story elements related to boxing. 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, totalling to six heavyweight movie titles in this genre altogether. 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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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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The Mourning Song
Written by Johnny Clegg
Performed by The Masibemunye Bulawayo Choir
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Excellent film and music score.
2 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film several years ago and it brought back many memories of my life in South Africa. While living there I saw many things that were portrayed in the film so can relate to it. I thought all the actors were very good and but Morgan Freeman's role was truly exceptional and should have won him an Oscar for his portrayal. The accents were very much true to life even though the main characters were not South African. I found the story line very thought provoking and the music was so good I went out and bought the CD. I think it's about time they showed this film on TV as many things can be learnt from this. I feel this film is on a Parr with another South African film called Serafina which dealt with the riots in Soweto.


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