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Catch a Fire (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  27 October 2006 (USA)
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A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

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Mncedisi Shabangu ...
Zuko September
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Obadi (as Tumisho K. Masha)
Sithembiso Khumalo ...
Sixpence
Terry Pheto ...
Miriam
Michele Burgers ...
Anna Vos
Mpho Lovinga ...
Johnny Piliso
Mxo ...
Pete My Baby
Jay Anstey ...
Katie Vos (as Jessica Anstey)
Charlotte Savage ...
Marie Vos
Nomhle Nkonyeni ...
Mama Dorothy
Michael Mabizela ...
Shaven Head Bomber
Eduan van Jaarsveldt ...
Special Branch Sergeant (as Eduan van Jaarsveld)
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A political thriller: the real-life story of a South African hero's journey to freedom. In the country's turbulent and divided times in the 1980s, Patrick Chamusso is an oil refinery foreman and soccer coach who is apolitical - until he and his wife Precious are jailed. Patrick is stunned into action against the country's oppressive reigning system, even as police Colonel Nic Vos further insinuates himself into the Chamussos' lives. Written by Focus Features

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,026,997 (USA) (27 October 2006)

Gross:

$193,480 (Australia) (24 November 2006)
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Robyn Slovo, who is Shawn Slovo's sister, acts as her own mother, Ruth First, in the film. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Chamusso: My children, when they speak if their father, they will say he was a man who stood up for what was right, a man who said he must do something now. What will your children say about you?
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Referenced in Tavis Smiley: Episode dated 26 October 2006 (2006) See more »

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Indoda Emnyama (Black Man)
Written by Vuyisile Mini
Performed by The Bongani Singing Group
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Hyper-realistic, emotional and fair minded
11 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie, set in the 1980's, depicts and contrasts the brutal oppression of White South Africa with the opposition of the ANC, most notably Joe Slovo, a hero of the time. Joe Slovo paid a high price for his opposition, including the loss of his wife to the oppressors of the day, but this movie, with a screenplay written by one of his children, takes a high-minded, forgiving approach that few of us could ever contemplate in the circumstances. Told through the eyes of Patrick Chamusso, a gentle man whose quiet life becomes radicalized by oppressive forces, the movie is powerful, emotional and, curiously - for reasons mentioned, balanced. One of the best movies I have ever seen, with a fine performance by Tim Robbins as a detective without a soul. This movie was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival where it received lengthy and well-deserved applause, as did a gracious Mr. Chamusso, who was on hand at the premiere.


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