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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Antjie Krog (book)
Ann Peacock (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 May 2004 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
A South African Story of Truth, Love and Reconcilliation
Plot:
Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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Romantic Film Set In Turbulent Times See more (34 total) »

Cast

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Samuel L. Jackson ... Langston Whitfield

Juliette Binoche ... Anna Malan

Brendan Gleeson ... De Jager
Menzi Ngubane ... Dumi Mkhalipi (as Menzi 'Ngubs' Ngubane)
Sam Ngakane ... Anderson
Aletta Bezuidenhout ... Elsa
Lionel Newton ... Edward Morgan

Langley Kirkwood ... Boetie
Owen Sejake ... Reverend Mzondo
Harriet Lenabe ... Albertina Sobandia (as Harriet Manamela)
Louis van Niekerk ... Willem Malan
Jeremiah Ndlovu ... Old Man in Wheelbarrow
Fiona Ramsey ... Felicia Rheinhardt (as Fiona Ramsay)

Dan Robbertse ... De Smidt (as Daniel Robbertse)

Robert Hobbs ... Van Deventer
Lwando Nondzaba ... Peter Makeba
Trix Pienaar ... B&B Lady

Greg Latter ... Sgt. Dreyer
Albert Maritz ... Farmer
Sizwe Msutu ... Gilbert
Dumisani Mbebe ... Kenneth

Sunu Gonera ... Lionel

Nick Boraine ... Jack Marlon

Charley Boorman ... Adam Hartley
Connie Chiume ... Mrs. Tabata
Seumus Keir ... Simon
Nicholas Andrews ... Chris
Justin Creasy ... Chris
Junior Singo ... Troy (scenes deleted)
Yolanda Methvin ... Deborah (scenes deleted)

Grant Swanby ... Johan
Paul Eilers ... Police General
Anthony Fridjhon ... Tony Brown (scenes deleted) (as Anthony Fridjohn)
Bheki Vilakazi ... Perpetrator 1
Louw Venter ... Alec
Wayne Harrison ... Brian
Terry Norton ... Lilly

Andre Jacobs ... Judge
Alyce Chavunduka ... Newsreader
Lillian Dube ... Woman
Namhla Ndlovu ... Woman
Lee Duru ... Woman
Nambitha Mpumlwana ... Woman

Garrick Hagon ... Pilot
Johan Marais ... De Jager's Security
Morgan O'Callaghan ... De Jager's Security
Frederrick Dannhauser ... De Jager's Security
Andrew Johnson ... Taxi Driver
Lilian Khumalo ... Commissioner
Genesis Canda ... Commissioner
Tony Finley ... Commissioner
Biah Mokgobu ... Commissioner
Anthony Karriem ... Commissioner
Milton Daka ... Commissioner
Hiportia Hlatana ... Commissioner
Jefferine October ... Commissioner
Noliyanda Pike ... Commissioner
Beverley Bownes ... Commissioner
Justice Khontyo ... 2nd Judge
Denzil Campbel ... 3rd Judge
Christina Ntsomi ... Woman Phone Booth / Corn Field
Xhantyi Nqayi ... Herd Boy
Lulama J. Nombiba ... Langston's Father (scenes deleted) (as Lulama Nombiba)
Jean Abrahams ... Langston's Mother in Law (scenes deleted)
Thami Ngubeni ... Deborah's Aunt (scenes deleted)
Cindi Sampson ... Deborah's Aunt (scenes deleted)
Michelle Zaaiman ... Inge
Natasha Kotze ... Inge (voice)
Natalie Dippenaar ... Johan's Wife
Zoliswa Mabawa ... Malan Farmhouse Maid
Elizabeth Mokoatsana ... Crying Woman
John Coom ... Farmer's Father-in-law
Noel Coom ... Farmer's Mother-in-law
Shannen Mackay ... Farmer's Daughter
Xola Luse ... Perpetrator 2
Sacky Veto ... Old Man's Grandson
Mohogany Singiswa ... Old Man's Comforter
Moho Seabela ... Albertina's Friend
Zingisa Kobo ... Albertina's Friend
Landiwe Hans ... Albertina's Friend
John Zacharis ... Langston's Driver
Jamo Jahjah ... Soccer Ref (scenes deleted)
Brian Niewoudt ... Boere Orkes Band
Endrie Nel ... Boere Orkes Band
Nic Du Toit ... Boere Orkes Band
Stompie Heyns ... Boere Orkes Band
Susanna Vermeulen ... Boere Orkes Band
Paul Dirkson ... One Man Band
Russell Johnson ... Schempers
Morris Uberstein ... Bottle Shop Owner
Thembi Mtshali ... Lizzie
Lara Bye ... Alec's Wife
Marisa Sarfatti ... PR Person
Phumla Stamper ... Translator
Warona Seane ... Translator
John Langemann ... Afrikaner Next to Anna at Hearing
Nkuli Kgositsile ... Woman with Applications
Suzanne Bassett ... Anna Look-a-like
Amber Stodel ... Lily's Daughter
Yavor Radkov ... Taxi Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fana Mokoena ... Mandla (uncredited)

Directed by
John Boorman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Antjie Krog (book "Country of My Skull")

Ann Peacock (screenplay)

Produced by
Chris Auty .... executive producer
Sam Bhembe .... executive producer
John Boorman .... producer
Jamie Brown .... executive producer
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Kieran Corrigan .... producer
Peter Fudakowski .... associate producer
Michael L. Games .... line producer
Niles E. Helmboldt .... associate producer
Lynn Hendee .... producer
Mike Medavoy .... producer
Neil Peplow .... executive producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Mfundi Vundla .... executive producer
David Wicht .... co-producer: South Africa
 
Original Music by
Murray Anderson 
 
Cinematography by
Seamus Deasy 
 
Film Editing by
Ron Davis 
 
Casting by
Moonyeenn Lee 
Janet Meintjies 
 
Production Design by
Emilia Roux 
Derek Wallace 
 
Art Direction by
Emilia Roux  (as Emilia Roux-Weavind)
 
Set Decoration by
Graeme Blem 
Fred Du Preez 
 
Costume Design by
Jo Katsaras 
 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Samuel L. Jackson
Annette Keet .... key hair stylist
Annette Keet .... key makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist: Samuel L. Jackson
Simone Stubbs .... assistant hair stylist
Simone Stubbs .... assistant makeup artist
Mieke Tait .... assistant hair stylist
Mieke Tait .... assistant makeup artist
Megan Tanner .... key hair stylist
Megan Tanner .... makeup department head
Leon von Solms .... makeup artist: Juliette Binoche
Victoria Wood .... wig maker: Samuel L. Jackson
 
Production Management
Sandra Campbell .... post-production supervisor
Genevieve Le Cordeur .... unit production manager
Morgan Pather .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevan Barker .... second unit director
Gareth Bird .... third assistant director
Ryan Fox .... third assistant director
Diana Keam .... first assistant director
Carey Lagoe .... assistant director: second unit
Jon-Luke Lourens .... second assistant director
Matthew Muskett .... second second assistant director
Shamiel Soni .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
William Boyes .... stand-by props
Zaan De Villiers .... set dresser
Abdoulaye Diallo .... stand-by set dresser
Bryn George .... props buyer
Merinda Geyer .... art department coordinator
Brian Glaser .... assistant art director
Peter Hlongwane .... stand-by scenic artist
Andrew Orlando .... property master
Tracy Perkins .... set dresser
Arik Reiss .... storyboard artist
Matthews Sengasamore .... assistant stand-by props (as Matthews Senyasamore)
Brendan Smithers .... construction manager
Kobus Van Heerden .... painter
Chris van Latum .... art department production assistant
 
Sound Department
Alan Collins .... sound facility manager: ardmore sound
Brendan Deasy .... production sound mixer
Caoimhe Doyle .... additional foley artist
Martin Evans .... supervising sound editor
John Fitzgerald .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Gilmore .... dialogue editor
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist (as Pauline Vaughan-Griffiths)
Roland Hoek .... trainee dialogue editor
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jenny Lee Wright .... foley artist (as Jenny Lee-Wright)
Fiadhnait McCann .... assistant sound editor
Mike Nyembe .... sound trainee
Jim Petrak .... adr recordist
Eddie Quinn .... boom operator
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Cathi Weldon .... foley editor
Brendan Geaney .... transfer recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roly Jansen .... special effects coordinator
Cordell McQueen .... special effects coordinator
Anton Voster .... special effects crew
Clinton Smith .... skeleton model: assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tim Caplan .... digital intermediate producer
Dimitri Delacovias .... matte painting supervisor
William Foxwell .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post
Scott Goulding .... digital lab operator
Gavin Graham .... effects animator: Double Negative
Jan Hogevold .... production executive: Framestore CFC
Katja Hollmann .... digital lab supervisor: Lipsync Post
Alex Hope .... visual effects executive producer
Max Horton .... colourist
Graham Jack .... computer graphics supervisor
Katy Lemon .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post
Fay McConkey .... visual effects producer
Dan McRae .... digital cleanup artist
Charlie Noble .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Norris .... digital compositor
Kevan Shorey .... matchmove artist: Double Negative
Thomas Urbye .... online film editor
Paola Varvaro .... digital artist
Steve Wagendorp .... digital colorist
Aubrey Woodiwiss .... digital clean-up
 
Stunts
Roly Jansen .... stunt coordinator
Cordell McQueen .... stunt coordinator
Janine Wyatt-Mair .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Blid Alsbirk .... still photographer (as Karin 'Blid' Alsbirk)
Jens Bacher .... key grip: South Africa
Neil Baillie .... camera loader: "b" camera, second unit
Nick Barr .... electrician
Giulio Biccari .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Meike Chinnery .... clapper loader
Harmon Cusack .... aerial camera operator: Wescam Camera
Felder Da Silva .... assistant grip
Shane Deasy .... focus puller
Colin Gottgens .... rigging grip: night
Chris Harker .... best boy grip
Clint Howes .... electrician: nights
Siphiso Jezile .... grip trainee
Hans Kühle Jr. .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit (as Hans Kühle)
Allen Markham .... assistant grip
John Murphy .... dolly grip
John Murphy .... grip
Justin Paterson .... electrician
Tim Philipsen .... assistant grip: night
Daniel Pitso .... generator operator (as Danny Pitso)
Tell Reid .... electrician
Richard Rolf .... Steadicam operator
Wayne Shields .... rigging gaffer: nights
Johannes Thejane .... video operator
Jaco van Niekerk .... rigging grip
Adi Visser .... first assistant camera
Sven Vosloo .... assistant camera (segments)
Oliver Ward .... camera technician: Wescam camera
Michael Watts .... best boy electric
 
Casting Department
Russell Boast .... casting coordinator
J.P. van der Merwe .... extras casting agent
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim du Plessis .... wardrobe assistant
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... costumer: Samuel L. Jackson (as Askia Jacob)
Bernadine Preston .... seamstress
Zureta Schulz .... wardrobe supervisor
Thomaley van Niekerk .... key wardrobe stand-by
Widaad Williams .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Tim Caplan .... digital intermediate producer
Simon Davis .... first assistant editor
Tom Davis .... editorial trainee
Stuart Fyvie .... digital colorist
Max Horton .... digital film colorist
Kevin Phelan .... head of post-production: Lip Sync Post
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Philip King .... music supervisor
Brian Masterson .... music editor
Tina Moran .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Sean Berkhout .... transportation manager
Pieter De Lange .... action vehicle coordinator
Ilze Kitshoff .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Gail Behrmann .... researcher
Chris Bohmenn .... helicopter pilot
Emma Callinan .... assistant to producer
Sandra Campbell .... assistant: John Boorman
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Chezlin Cross .... assistant: Kevan Barker
Peter Doyle .... on-set mechanic
Seth Games .... production assistant
Lori Imbler .... assistant: Robert Chartoff (as Lori Imbler Vernon)
François Lategan .... production assistant
Natascha Leite .... production coordinator
Rhys Maitland-Jones .... sync rushes
Aaron Merrell .... production coordinator: Phoenix Pictures
Regan Mitchell .... tracking shots
Della Moore .... production accountant
Spud Murray .... animal wrangler
Louise Mycielski .... production coordinator
Luleka Florence Mzondo .... production secretary
Moroba Nkawe .... assistant: Lynn Hendee
Bill Olmsted .... helicopter pilot (as Bill Olmstead)
Morgan Pather .... location manager
Shamila Phillips .... account assistant
Peggy Plessas .... assistant: Juliette Binoche (as Peggy Hall-Plessas)
Mandy Raubenheimer .... accounts assistant
John Rogers .... set manager
Dezi Rorich .... unit publicity manager
Pete Smith .... key armorer
Hendrik H. Spangenberg .... base camp manager
Ollie Steele .... armorer
Michelle ten Haaf .... production accountant
Leonard L. Thomas .... assistant: Samuel L. Jackson (as Leonard Thomas)
Garin Van Munster .... head animal wrangler
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Laura Wilcox .... construction coordinator
David Alex Wilson .... unit publicist
William Chartoff .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Country of My Skull" - UK (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, including descriptions of atrocities, and for a scene of violence
Runtime:
105 min
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Nelson Mandela:Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Romantic Film Set In Turbulent Times, 20 August 2005
Author: Jim Corveddu (PulpVideo) from United States

I am not a big fan of romances, but in this case I gave it a try because of director John Boorman ["Excalibur," "The Emerald Forest," "Hope & Glory, "Deliverance"] and actors Samuel L. Jackson ["Coach Carter," "Star Wars: Episodes 2 & 3," "The Red Violin"] and Juliette Binoche ["Chocolat," "The English Patient," and the 1992 remake of "Wuthering Heights"].

This film was in the better half of Boorman's, while Jackson and Binoche gave top-notch performances. The supporting role of Dumi, played by Menzi Ngubane was excellent, as he acted both as foil and antagonist between the couple.

I think the weakest elements of this film are in screenwriter Ann Peacock's dialogue and in the construction of the Anna Malan and brother Boetie characters. The first for taking on just a little too much burden of responsibility, especially in one somewhat uncharacteristic scene at one of the hearings with a particularly gory testimony, and the latter for being incomplete when a key development occurs that should have played more into the storyline and into Anna's reactions.

From what I've heard about the book by Antje Krog, I can understand why anyone who had read it before seeing this movie might be disappointed, but it was certainly clear to me by the marketing that this was a romance and not a cinematic litany of the horrors of Apartheid.

Given the turbulent background of Apartheid and the South African Truth & Reconciliation Commission proceedings, along with other clues, I was also expecting this to be an adversaries-fall-in-love story, which is the type of romance that I like the most. The collective incidents which drive Anna and Langston together are neither contrived or turgid, and fall comfortably in between, especially because they are juxtaposed with events based in reality. There is one most significant turn at one of the hearings, which, given it is true, would bring any two adversaries together, in peace if not in love.

I don't want to give away anything about the extent of their romance, except to say that how it ended up was a pleasant surprise and quite satisfactory. I wish I could recommend two other good romances that end so similarly and satisfactorily, but I would give away the surprise.

This film is certainly worth a rental or two, worth showing to friends, but I suppose the disturbing nature of the background events might keep some people from buying it for their home library, but if you bought a copy of "American History X," I think you might want to buy this one.

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