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A Good Man in Africa (1994)

Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja, when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with ... See full summary »

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Celia Adekunle (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
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Priscilla Fanshawe
Maynard Eziashi ...
Friday, Leafy's Houseman
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Dickie Dalmire
Jackie Mofokeng ...
Hazel, Leafy's Mistress
Daphne Greenwood ...
Duchess
Themba Ndaba ...
David Phetoe ...
Isaiah
Dambuza Mdledle ...
Sonny, Hazel's Brother
Lillian Dube ...
Innocence, Maid struck by lightning
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Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja, when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with Celia (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), wife of corrupt Kinjanjan presidential candidate Sam Adekunle (Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr.). As punishment, Leafy is forced into bribing an official who has voted down a project that stands to make Adekunle very rich. Leafy thinks he's gotten off easy until he learns the lone holdout is none other than Kinjanja's own brick wall of integrity, Dr. Alex Murray (Connery). Meanwhile, Leafy must also contend with his absurdly stuffy boss Fanshawe (John Lithgow), Fanshawe's lusty wife (Diana Rigg) and their luscious, too friendly daughter! Written by Anonymous

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They call it diplomacy. See more »

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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9 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Afrika koktél  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,308,390 (USA)
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Colin Friels was cast after Gary Oldman dropped out of the production. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Murray: Show me the man who is completely content, and I'll show you the lobotomy scar.
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Come Home
Composed by George Lee
Performed by The George Lee Band
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so much wasted potential
17 November 2003 | by (no longer in L.A.) – See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the "East Africa" disclaimer. This is about Nigeria, specifically Lagos at the time of the oil boom, when it was the capital. Although many names have been changed, the Yoruba thunder god, Shango, is not, nor are some of the others.

There was so much humor possible in that time and place (you had to laugh just to keep from crying sometimes) that of course some of it found its way into the film. The author never understood what was happening, so of course he missed a lot, but then he made the very ignorance of the British one of the butts of his humor. God I love British humor, I envy them for it and I'm grateful to them for giving us Chaplin, Bob Hope, and so many others. But I digress. And this film is not on the level of Chaplin or Hope. I was disappointed.

The biggest disappointment was watching great talents like Sean Connery, Diana Rigg and Lou Gossett sleepwalking through their roles on their way to a paycheck. They could have done better.


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