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Catch a Fire (2006)

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
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Miriam
Michele Burgers ...
Anna Vos
Mpho Lovinga ...
Johnny Piliso
Mxo ...
Pete My Baby
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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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The spark that ignites us, unites us. See more »


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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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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$4,291,965 (USA) (17 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 »

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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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Performed by Kgosi Mongake
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Powerful and sustained but at the end, an artistic flaw
18 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't quarrel with those who give this film high praise for powerfully representing the complex humanity of both the oppressor and oppressed with first-rate film-making. Essentially it tells how a capable, peaceable bystander is bullied into becoming a "freedom fighter" (or "terrorist" if you will), at cost. BUT given most of the film's present-tense dramatic intensity, I was disappointed by the sudden lapse into voice-over past tense narration at the end, hastily tacked on it would seem to tell us that though the story seems a downer, historically it all turned out well after all. I'd rather have seen another hour -- maybe less -- that continued the tale on its own terms -- the subject is epic enough to deserve it. Or else seen all that end material separated from the film itself, an end flourish upwards amid the end-credits, performing the job but leaving the main story its own integrity. Too bad. An excellent film, strong but in this regard imperfect.


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