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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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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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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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Robyn Slovo, who is Shawn Slovo's sister, acts as her own mother, Ruth First, in the film. See more »

Quotes

Obadi: Are you ready to die!
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20 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a shame this movie was so overshadowed by Blood Diamond. Catch A Fire had, in my opinion, a much more powerful story.

All acting was done perfect. I loved the cinematography with the plant in the background. I could really feel the emotion of the Africans chanting and singing for freedom.

Some will say this movie is racist towards white people. It is nothing of the sort. It even has a white or two on the side for justice. This movie didn't make Tim Robbin's character look evil. At least I didn't think so. I saw him as a man doing what he thought he needed to do to protect his family.

I think we need to learn from this story. There are terrorists all over the world. We say they are pure evil. We say we will solve the problem by hunting them down and killing them. With some, that may be necessary. But most just want justice, and want to be heard.


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