Mandela and de Klerk (1997)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  16 February 1997 (USA)
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On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela, along with a number of political detainees, was sentenced to life imprisonment in what remains the most sensational treason trial in the history of South ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Maritz ...
Ian Roberts ...
Ben Kruger ...
Jerry Mofokeng ...
Owen Sejake ...
Niels Barnard (as André Jacobs)
Tertius Meintjes ...
John Carson ...
Willem de Klerk
David Fortune ...
Farouk Valley-Omar ...
Terry Norton ...
Marike de Klerk
Bankole Omotoso ...


On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela, along with a number of political detainees, was sentenced to life imprisonment in what remains the most sensational treason trial in the history of South Africa. The incarceration of Mandela and other political prisoners on Robben Island would become a symbol of the struggle to end apartheid and win freedom for the black majority in South Africa. On February 2, 1990, President F.W. De Klerk stood before Parliament and announced the legalization of the African National Congress and a host of other banned political organizations. At the same time, he announced that Nelson Mandela, having served 27 years in prison, would be released within 7 days. Yet the world, and indeed most South Africans, knew little about how this momentous occasion came to pass. Until now. Mandela & De Klerk was filmed in South Africa. Most of the locations are those where the actual events took place, and the dramatized sequences are augmented with newsreel footage to ensure the ... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of political violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Mandela & De Klerk: Dyo andres, mia istoria  »

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This is the second time a movie that deals with the apartheid in South Africa stars both Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine, they joined forces before in The Wilby Conspiracy (1975). See more »


Followed by The Color of Freedom (2007) See more »

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Accurate, uplifting, solid performances = excellent!
9 March 2001 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

As the writer below states, the events portrayed in this film are in fact more complex. But this is a movie, and only 114 minutes, and a lot of ground had to be covered.

Even though I read two books about Nelson Mandela, and was inspired seeing him on TV's Oprah, I was still reluctant to rent this film at the low low rate of 50 cents (USD $). What a fool I was to waver - this is an EXCELLENT film because the story is so amazing, and true. Everyone should see it.

Poitier's acting was of course wonderful, and Michael Caine was fine as de Klerk.

I felt good after seeing this film, and it held my attention like a good thriller - even though I knew what was going to happen.

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