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Bopha! (1993)

In this story of a black policeman during South African apartheid, Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist ... See full summary »

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Rosie Mangena
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Van Tonder
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Zweli Mangena
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Pule Rampa
Michael Chinyamurindi ...
Solomon
Christopher John Hall ...
Naledi Machikano
Grace Mahlaba ...
Thokozile Machikano
Robin Smith ...
Retleif
Julie Strijdom ...
Lucy Van Tonder (as Julie Stridom)
Peter Kampila ...
Nonsizt
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube ...
Magubane
Eric Miyeni ...
Bantebe
Tshepo Nzimande ...
Mandla
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In this story of a black policeman during South African apartheid, Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist government. When his son gets involved in the anti-apartheid movement, he finds himself torn between his family (including long-suffering wife Alfre Woodard) and what he believes is his duty. Written by M

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Rated PG-13 for language and apartheid-driven violence | See all certifications »
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24 September 1993 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$212,483 (USA)
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Danny Glover and Morgan Freeman both played Nelson Mandela in different films; Glover for Mandela (1987) and Freeman for Invictus (2009). See more »

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Referenced in Searching for Debra Winger (2002) See more »

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PIRI WANGO IYA
Written and Performed by Geoffrey Oryema
Courtesy of Realworld Records, Ltd./Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Betraying one's own people.
10 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Morgan Freeman's directorial debut casts Danny Glover as a cop in apartheid-era South Africa whose son is an anti-apartheid activist. Knowing this, the father has to choose between his people and his job: he basically betrayed his people, but he has to support his family.

True, this seems like a plot that we frequently see, but "Bopha!" (Zulu for "arrest") makes good use of it. They raise the stakes by portraying a new white supremacist police chief (Malcolm McDowell). And also impressive was that scene where the students leave school to protest the teaching of Afikaans (my mom said that they used to show that sort of scene on TV all the time). A really good movie.


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