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Catch a Fire (2006)

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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
Nomhlé Nkyonyeni ...
Mama Dorothy (as Nomhle Nkonyeni)
Michael Mabizela ...
Shaven Head Bomber
Eduan van Jaarsveldt ...
Special Branch Sergeant (as Eduan van Jaarsveld)
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Storyline

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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27 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$156,394 (Australia) (24 November 2006)

Gross:

$193,480 (Australia) (24 November 2006)
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Trivia

Tim Robbins' character Nick Vos is not based on one specific person. His character was a composite of several people involved in the events depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

Obadi: Are you ready to die!
Rebels: Yes, commander!
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Referenced in Tavis Smiley: Episode dated 26 October 2006 (2006) See more »

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A film of conscience set in the 1980s which has eye-opening relevance today.
12 October 2006 | by (Oakland, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

In our day and age there are so few real heroes to be proud of or for our children to aspire to emulate. Catch A Fire tells the story of one such hero. Set in South Africa in the 1980's, the story tells the remarkable story of one man's personal journey from laborer and father to revolutionary of conscience.

In addition, the subject of the film speaks loudly to the audience about the dangers of a government that misuses it's power and the sometimes forceful means that must be undertaken when peaceful measures fail.

See the film, engage your conscience, and follow in the footsteps of a hero.


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