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Catch a Fire -- A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman (Robbins) and a young man (Luke) who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

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27 October 2006 (USA) See more »
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The spark that ignites us, unites us. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tim Robbins ... Nic Vos

Derek Luke ... Patrick Chamusso

Bonnie Henna ... Precious Chamusso
Mncedisi Shabangu ... Zuko September

Tumisho Masha ... 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)

Robert Hobbs ... Special Branch Lieutenant
Onthatile Ramasodi ... Lindiwe Chamusso
Ziizi Mahlati ... Albertina Chamusso
Malcolm Purkey ... Joe Slovo

Robyn Slovo ... Ruth First

Bubu Mazibuko ... Betsy
Harriet Lenabe ... ANC Swaziland Operative (as Harriet Manamela)
Susan Danford ... White Madam
Justin Shaw ... Young Roadblock Policeman
Anthony Bishop ... Roadblock Police Commander

Marius Weyers ... Police Brigadier
Richard Nwamba ... Mozambican Soldier
Vanessa Cooke ... Widow at Mine Shaft
Martin Le Maitre ... Border Official
Carel Trichardt ... South African Minister
Brandon Auret ... Army Commandant
Sibusiso Mhlangu ... Passport Photographer (as Sibusiso Mhlongo)
Lennox Mathabathe ... Angola Military Instructor
Kgosi Mongake ... Soccer Captain
Eckard Rabe ... Secunda Security Chief

Dan Robbertse ... Secunda Security Guard
Ian Roussouw ... Torture Policeman
Anrich Herbst ... Torture Policeman
Jet Novuka ... Black Security Branch Policeman
Waldemar Schultz ... Secunda Instructor
Mathoto Matsetela ... Pretty Girl at Phone Booth
Jabulani Ngwenya ... Soccer Boy
Kgaugelo Mpharala ... Soccer Player
David Tumahole ... Mozambican Corporal
Mantele Khomane ... Dancer at Wedding
Khutjo Mmola ... Female Railway Bomber
Dexter Nwanya ... Male Railway Bomber
Kholosa Tshandana ... Female Cadre with AK47
Mpho Osei Tutu ... Shanghai
Makgano Mamabolo ... ANC Woman Typist
Jonathan Pienaar ... Mechanic in Swaziland

Grant Swanby ... Roadblock Policeman
Mduduzi Mabaso ... Security Branch Policeman
Thabo Bopape ... Security Branch Policeman
Erno Van Dyk ... Security Branch Policeman
Dirk Vermeulen ... Security Branch Policeman
Johan van der Merwe ... Security Branch Policeman
Bongani Manok ... Security Branch Policeman
Mahlubi Kraai ... Security Branch Policeman
Neels Clasen ... Blonde Policeman (as Neels Classen)
Onalenna Mokoboto ... Patrick's Son

Patrick Chamusso ... Himself
Thandiswa ... ANC Funeral Singer
Zamajobe Sithole ... Wedding Singer
Fiorha Ntshauba ... Backup Vocals
Siphokazi Maroqana ... Backup Vocals
Dolly Gaehler ... Backup Vocals
Erik Pilani ... Guitarist
Ezra Erasmus ... Pianist
Liaan Adriaan ... Drummer
Michael Phillip ... Bass Guitarist
David Mbatha ... Song Leader at Secunda Gates
Sindi Nontshinya ... Additional Song Leader
Mirriam 'Angela' Doshane ... Additional Song Leader
Zola ... Freedom Singer (as Bongani Diamini)
Bongani Maseko ... Freedom Singer
James Zuma ... Freedom Singer
Joseph Ngobeni ... Freedom Singer
Khali Phithi ... Freedom Singer
Malibongwe Yawu ... Freedom Singer
Sibongiseni Shabalala ... Freedom Singer (as Sibongiseni Phakathi)
Thabo Magaretsa ... Freedom Singer
Veli Mavuso ... Freedom Singer
Vusi Simelane ... Freedom Singer
Zakhele Mabaso ... Freedom Singer

Directed by
Phillip Noyce 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shawn Slovo  written by

Produced by
Jeff Abberley .... executive producer: Scion Films
Tim Bevan .... producer
Julia Blackman .... executive producer: Scion Films
Liza Chasin .... executive producer
Miranda Culley .... associate producer
Eric Fellner .... producer
Debra Hayward .... executive producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... line producer
Anthony Minghella .... producer
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Robyn Slovo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Miller 
 
Cinematography by
Ron Fortunato (director of photography)
Garry Phillips (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jill Bilcock 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Johnny Breedt 
 
Art Direction by
Delarey Wagenar (supervising art director) (as Delarey Wagener)
 
Set Decoration by
Melinda Launspach 
 
Costume Design by
Reza Levy 
 
Makeup Department
Vincent 'Bright' Agha .... makeup truck driver
Charles Khoza .... hair stylist (as Charles Koza)
Charles Koza .... hair stylist
Marisa Lourens .... assistant makeup artist
Thabisa Mvimbi .... makeup trainee
Mokoma Ratlabala .... assistant hair stylist
Mokoma Ratlabala .... hair assistant
Mokoma Ratlabala .... makeup assistant
Gayl Shelly .... assistant makeup artist
Rochelle Sissing .... key hairdresser
Nicolette Van Wyk .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Grant Cinnamon .... night unit manager
Clint Gordon .... unit manager
Jane Maguire .... post-production supervisor
Angela Phillips .... unit production manager
Gudrun Scott .... production manager: Cape Town
Ronnie Weber .... unit manager: Cape Town
Michelle Wright .... executive in charge of production: Working Title
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Biart .... second second assistant director (as Mark Biart)
Jock DeGesparis .... second assistant director: Cape Town (as Jock De Gasparis)
Chris Kahnyeza .... first assistant director: second unit (as Chris Khanyeza)
Eddie Lekokota .... third assistant director: second unit (as Eddie Lekokotla)
Norman Maake .... second unit director
Thora Matkane .... third assistant director: Cape Town
Clemment Mosheote .... second assistant director: second unit
Leigh Tanchel .... first assistant director
David Tumahole .... third assistant director
Patricia Wheeler .... second assistant director
Gabriel Williams .... additional first assistant director (as Ronnie Williams)
Ronnie Williams .... additional first assistant director
 
Art Department
Martin Thabo Baloyi .... carpenter (as Martin Baloyi)
Tony Bloemstein .... storyboard artist
Bernice Breedt .... scenic painter
Vernon Breedt .... construction supervisor
Bertram Dagan .... greensman
Zane Davis .... construction foreman
Retha Geldenhuys .... art department coordinator
Brendan Gifford .... stand-by carpenter
Mich Gordon .... greensman
Shira Hockman .... assistant art director
Shira Hockman .... set designer
Kerwin Macks .... carpenter
Marlon Macks .... construction buyer
Marlon Macks .... construction runner
Mpho Makhobotloane .... set dressing buyer
Nazo Maloy .... art department runner (as Nazo Maloyi)
Louis Marais .... construction foreman
Shaun Marlon Nasson .... carpenter
Clive Matthews .... welder
William Mbipa .... junior carpenter
Andrew McKenzie .... stand-by props
Dumisani Mduli .... carpenter
Bheki Mncube .... set dresser (as Bheki Mathole Mncube)
Bheki Mncube .... swing gang (as Bheki Mathole Mncube)
Aaron Mogoasa .... junior carpenter
Joseph Mosikwa .... junior carpenter
Raymond Muller .... construction manager
Raynus Muller .... scenic painter (as Raymus Muller)
George Ndlovu .... lead set dresser
Isaac Ndlovu .... junior carpenter
Friday Ngwena .... carpenter (as Friday Ngwenya)
Bafana Nkosi .... art department assistant: second unit
Bongani Nyama .... fabricator
Andrew Orlando .... property master: Cape Town
Kgosietsile Simon Potsane .... carpenter (as Simon Potsane)
Thomas Potsane .... set dresser
Thomas Potsane .... swing gang
Michael Rossouw .... property master
Nhlanhla Sevundla .... set dressing assistant
Michael Shwelakhe .... scenic painter
Hector Sibanyoni .... art department assistant: second unit
Oupa Sikhakhane .... set dressing assistant
Samson Sitole .... set dresser (as Samson Siitholi)
Samson Sitole .... swing gang (as Samson Siitholi)
Johnny Tembo .... set dresser
Johnny Tembo .... swing gang
Martin Tshabalala .... set dressing assistant
Mandla Twani .... builder
Pia Van Rensburg .... prop buyer
Julian Von Buchenroder .... carpenter (as Julian Buchenroder)
Rae Wynna-Roberts .... head scenic artist (as Rae Wynne-Roberts)
David Wynne-Roberts .... scenic painter
 
Sound Department
Charlotte Buys .... adr editor
Damian Candusso .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Chiles .... sound utility: Cape Town
Chris Fellows .... adr recordist: South Africa
Bob Hazell .... additional boom operator
Andre Jordan .... adr recordist
President Kapa .... sound recordist: digital video camera unit
Joel Kapend .... boom operator
Leah Katz .... assistant sound editor
Nico Louw .... additional sound recordist
Derek Mansvelt .... production sound mixer (as Derek Mannsvelt)
Nada Mikas .... dialogue editor
Peter Miller .... sound editor
Peter Miller .... sound effects editor
Andrew Morris .... adr supervisor (as Andy Morris)
Linda Murdoch .... sound editor
Linda Murdoch .... sound effects editor
Mkululi 'Zozo' Nomkuca .... sound trainee
Rhomeez Petersen .... sound recordist: digital video camera unit
Jim Petrak .... adr recording engineer
Andrew Plain .... supervising sound editor
Simon Rice .... additional sound recordist
Simon Rice .... sound mixer (3 weeks)
Roger Savage .... sound re-recording mixer
Etioenne Schumann .... sound playback
Blair Slater .... foley recordist
Michael Thompson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bongani Tshabalala .... sound recordist: second unit
Mario Vaccaro .... foley walker
Andy Wright .... sound re-recording mixer (as Andrew Wright)
 
Special Effects by
Davin Dullisear .... special effects assistant
Adam Horton .... special effects
Tyrell Kemlo .... special effects technician
Cordell McQueen .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Justin Alvarez .... compositor: FSM
Dan Ashton .... film recording technician: Weta Digital
David Booth .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Pictures Iloura
Nick Booth .... film recording supervisor: Weta Digital
Stephen Britnell .... filmlight technical support: Frame, Set & Match
Chris Button .... northlight scanner: Frame, Set & Match
Stuart Cazdow .... lead compositor: Frame, Set & Match
Steve Dunn .... visual effects producer: FSM
Alan Fairlie .... senior digital compositor: Digital Pictures Iloura
Bryn Farrelly .... digital compositor: Digital Pictures Iloura
Robert Grbevski .... 3D artist: Digital Pictures Iloura
Gene Hammond-Lewis .... digital compositor: Digital Pictures Iloura (as Gene Lewis Hammond)
David Hampton .... film recording technician: Weta Digital
Mick Harkin .... digital compositor: Digital Pictures Iloura
Glenn Holbrook .... digital effects artist
Ineke Majoor .... visual effects producer: Digital Pictures Iloura
Alpheas Manaka .... visual effects grip (as Alpheus Manaka)
Kate McCarthy .... visual effects production manager: Digital Pictures Iloura
Alex McCleod .... 3D artist: Digital Pictures Iloura
Keith Meure .... rotoscope artist
Murray Pope .... visual effects supervisor
Colin Rampedi .... visual effects generator operator
James Robison .... 3D artist: Digital Pictures Iloura
Phil Stuart-Jones .... digital compositor
David Tindale .... digital compositor: Frame, Set & Match
Peter Webb .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Pictures Iloura
Pete Williams .... film recording manager: Weta Digital
 
Stunts
Adam Horton .... stunt performer
Tyrell Kemlo .... stunt performer
Isaac Mavimbela .... stunt coordinator
Arthur McMillan .... safety supervisor
Cordell McQueen .... stunt coordinator
Cordell McQueen .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Attwell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Mexico (as John Atwell)
Neil Baillie .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ryan Ballard .... technician: tylermount
Alan Barnes .... gaffer
Peter Belcher .... camera operator: "b" camera
Peter Belcher .... camera operator: aerial footage
Giulio Biccari .... director of photography: second unit
Justin Brokensha .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Trevor Brown .... camera operator: "b" camera
Harmon Cusack .... additional camera operator (as Harmen Cusak)
Hein de Vos .... focus puller: second unit
Jean DeKock .... electrician
Gerhard Engelbrecht .... remote head technician
Anthony English .... video playback operator
Kevin Faulkner .... additional focus puller
Robert Fischer .... dolly grip (as Rob Fischer)
Vincent Fletcher .... gaffer
Justin Fouche .... additional camera operator
Phillip Francis .... camera loader: second unit
Willie Hermine .... vtr operator
Gilbert Hitula .... grip: second unit
Gregory John .... technician: gyro mount
Norbert Kitshoff .... remote head technician
Chris Lomax .... camera operator: "b" camera, Cape Town
Chris Lomax .... camera operator: aerial photography, Cape Town
Andrew MacCaulam .... rigging best boy
Mxolisa 'Whitey' Madela .... still photographer trainee
William Makhuvela .... additional electrician
Robert Malpage .... photographer: Angolan training sequence (as Rob Malpage)
Alpheas Manaka .... additional grip (as Apheus Manaka)
Hendrick Manenzhe .... electrician
Luckson Manenzhe .... additional gaffer
Alfred Manzini .... electrician
Alfred Manzini .... electrician: second unit
Terence Maritz .... additional camera operator
James Matkeke .... generator operator
Brett McDowell .... grip assistant
Wellington Mchunu .... rigging electrician
Guy Micheletti .... key grip
Paul Michelson .... additional camera operator
Joe Mnsi .... grip
Matthys Mocke .... photographer: digital video camera unit
Andries Modise .... additional electrician
Lucas Moganedi .... additional electrician
Albert Mogoro .... generator operator
Velile Moremi .... assistant video playback operator
Lourence Nepfumbada .... grip assistant (as Lawrence Nepfumbada)
Justin Paterson .... electrician
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Alastair Rae .... camera operator: "a" camera
Nick Rankin .... rigging gaffer
Dale Rodkin .... additional Steadicam operator
Garth Scholtz .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Kenneth Shange .... grip assistant
Wayne Shields .... best boy
Lez Smith .... gaffer: Cape Town
Michael Sono .... video playback operator: second unit
Garth Stead .... still photographer
Saskia Stuart-Clark .... electrician
Eran Tahor .... photographer: digital video camera unit
Alain Tchoufon .... grip assistant
Derek Ueckermann .... darkroom loader
Damian Van Gass .... grip assistant (as Damian Von Gass)
Deon Vermeulen .... additional Steadicam operator
Gareth Viner .... best boy grip
Adi Visser .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Vossgatter .... additional camera loader
Anton Wehmeyer .... additional focus puller
Simon Wright .... video playback operator: Cape Town
 
Casting Department
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting: USA
Belinda Kruger .... casting associate
Moonyeenn Lee .... casting: South Africa
Jackie Mayou .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kirsten Dauth .... costume breakdown
Lenford Dlamini .... advisor: wardrobe
Wolfgang Ender .... costume supervisor: Cape Town
Jayne Forbes .... costume supervisor: extras
Monique Glover .... costume buyer
Eunice Gumede .... seamstress
Michelle Karavoussanos .... costume buyer
Jo Katsaras .... costume supplier
Sello Madisha .... seamstress
Miriam Mahlanga .... costume breakdown (as Mirriam Mhlanga)
Dorcas Maphakela .... costume assistant
Joseph Mhlanga .... daily dresser
Zanele Mhlanga .... costume stand-by
Patman Molapo .... costume cutter
Nomusa Mpungose .... seamstress
Phindile Ndaliso .... daily dresser
Mankoe Ngamlana .... costume stand-by
Nomonde Nhlapo .... seamstress
Shiwe Nkosi .... seamstress
Emily 'Nan' Rakaku .... costume stand-by: extras
Leonie Roberts .... costume supervisor
Morne Van Greeunen .... costume pattern designer (as Morne Van Greunen)
Maureen Wells .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Leo Bahas .... negative matcher: Negative Cutting Services
Bec Cubitt .... post-production coordinator
Kerry Dibbs .... post-production assistant
Steve Dunn .... digital intermediate producer: Frame, Set & Match
Robert Fait .... digital film restorer: Frame, Set & Match
Tanja Hagen .... first assistant editor
Al Hansen .... digital intermediate colorist
Rochelle Oshlack .... first assistant editor
Catherine Pantazopoulos .... colorist
Adam Smith .... second assistant editor
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
 
Music Department
Nick Angel .... music supervisor
Miro Chakaryan .... orchestra leader
Matthijs Dijk .... orchestrator
Gavan Eckhart .... scoring engineer
Alexandra Hill .... music coordinator
Charles Lane .... music consultant: Right Music Limited
Kirsten Lane .... music consultant: Right Music Limited
Simon Leadley .... music editor
Simon Leadley .... scoring engineer
Philip Miller .... orchestrator
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music: Universal Pictures
Joe E. Rand .... music editor: temp music
Tim Ryan .... music editor
Xandi Van Dijk .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Leonard Baloyi .... driver
Sean Berkhout .... transportation assistant
Shadrack Chauke .... driver
Adam Chokwe .... driver: Philip Noyce
Graham Clark .... driver: Tim Robbins
Andre 'Corrie' Coertze .... driver
Steven Dietloff .... driver
Sydney Dlamini .... driver (as Sidney Dlamini)
Paul Gobo .... driver
Clint Gordon .... transportation manager
Vusi Gumede .... driver
Issa Inussa .... costume truck driver
Simphiwe Jodwana .... driver: camera truck
Leon Jones .... driver
Alfred Kepkey .... driver
Phillip Khulu .... driver
Norman Legwati .... driver: picture vehicle
Obed Mpusheng Lesufi .... driver: camera truck
Errol Ludwig .... tracking vehicle
Vusi Mabaso .... driver
Tumelo Maesela .... driver: lighting truck
Elias Makhanya .... driver
Molefe Zablon Maloi .... driver: picture vehicle
Albert Maphosho .... driver
Dietlof Mare .... unit transportation runner
Gabriel Mashaba .... picture vehicle assistant
Patrick Mashilo .... driver: Derek Luke
Sydney Masiteng .... driver (as Sidney Masiteng)
William Mathebula .... driver
Osias Mindaweni .... costume truck driver (as Osias Mndaweni)
Mongezi Mkubukeli .... driver: construction truck
Steve Mkwanazi .... driver: construction truck
Khathu Ndlovu .... driver: lighting truck
Samuel Nelovholwe .... driver
Nkhulu Ntshudisane .... picture vehicle coordinator
Bongani Nyama .... driver: props truck
Freddie Peters .... driver
Lorraine 'Sophie' Ranta .... driver
Raymond Rich .... driver
William Rondganger .... driver
Albert Sandani .... driver
Hendrik Sebulela .... driver
Peter Selowa .... driver: set dressing
Hendrik H. Spangenberg .... transportation assistant (as Hendrik Spangenberg)
Brendan Tucker .... transportation coordinator
Hamilton Tyibelo .... driver: gyron mount
Ronnie Weber .... transportation manager: Cape Town
 
Other crew
Jeff Abberley .... executive producer: Scion Films
Christina Angeloudes .... paralegal: Working Title
Yvonne Austin .... nurse
Kate Bailey .... assistant production coordinator: Working Title
Deborah Balderstone .... head of production: Working Title, Australia & New Zealand
George Bartels .... location scout
Gail Behrmann .... researcher: stock footage
Lorna Bennet .... script supervisor: Cape Town
Julia Blackman .... executive producer: Scion Films
Hentie Botha .... police advisor
Tony Boyers .... laboratory manager: The Film Lab
Ben Breen .... accountant: post-production
Jodie Caron .... assistant: Debra Hayward
Karen Cattini .... assistant: Anthony Minghella
Chris Clark .... development executive: Working Title Films
Hazel Cohn .... assistant: Philip Miller
Emma Cooper .... unit publicist
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist
Dionne Cronin .... laboratory liaison: The Film Lab
Miranda Culley .... assistant: Phillip Noyce
Peter Currey .... location manager: Cape Town
Megan Davis .... head of legal and production: Scion Films
Vivian De Fleuriot de la Coliniere .... medic
Michael Dhlamini .... runner
Kerry Dibbs .... post production assistant
Nandi Dlepu .... stand-in: Bonnie Henna
Chloe Dorigan .... assistant: Tim Bevan (as Chloé Dorigan)
Theuns Du Plessis .... unit set assistant
Nana Dyer .... advisor: Freedom Song
Jaco Espach .... location manager
Shefali Ghosh .... chief financial officer: Working Title
Patrick Gillingham .... caterer
Flax Glor .... publicist
Brenda Goldblatt .... researcher: story
Joanne Goldstone .... production accountant
Miles Graham .... caterer
Amelia Granger .... development executive: Working Title
Bongani Gumede .... dialogue coach: Zulu
Cynthia Hager .... payroll clerk
Saafiyya Halim .... accounting assistant (as Saafiya Halim)
Lucky Hlubi .... unit base assistant
Roelof Jackson .... representative: Animal Anti-Cruelty League
Aliza James .... assistant: Eric Fellner
Toni Kagan .... production assistant
Kate Kalsvig .... production coordinator (as Kate Kvalsvig)
Safana Khanyeza .... production assistant: second unit
Refiloe 'Niki' Khena .... production assistant: extras
Tim Kilshaw .... armorer
Diedre Kohrs .... nurse
Dayn Kruger .... chef
Kacey Kunane .... additional dialogue advisor: Zulu
Busi Kunene .... production secretary
Ann Lynch .... executive coordinator: Working Title
Kenny MacDonald .... assistant co-ordinator
Sipho Machava .... production assistant
Jabu Magubane .... advisor: Freedom Song
Naphtali Manana .... advisor: ANC
Jason Martin .... marine coordinator: Cape Town
Louise Martin .... assistant extras coordinator
Shirley Mashablea .... production assistant (as Shirley Mashabela)
Phillip Massyn .... language consultant
Tete Matayi .... unit base assistant
Zwelakhe Mazibuko .... trainee
David Mbatha .... choreographer: Freedom Song
David Mbatha .... choreographer: crowd
Mike Mcdougall .... helicopter pilot: picture helicopter (as Mike McDougal)
Gráinne Mckenna .... senior legal and business affairs executive: Working Title
Deborah McNamara .... title designer
Phumlani Mdluli .... stand-in: Derek Luke
Shane Meyer .... location assistant
Rebecca Miller .... production assistant: Australia
Ralph Millero .... assistant: Sydney Pollack
Ntutuzelo Mneno .... production assistant
Simon Mnisi .... soccer coach
Nkosana Mntambo .... script supervisor: second unit
Michael Modena .... extras coordinator
Frank Mohapi .... advisor: Freedom Song
Moleboheng Mokoena .... advisor: Mr. Noyce
Eric Seloma Mokomane .... unit set assistant
Salamina Mokome .... script supervisor
Ben Morris .... business and legal affairs assistant: Working Title Films
Angela Morrison .... chief operating officer: Working Title
Joe Mphola .... unit base captain (as Joe Mphela)
Lindiwe Ndlovu .... assistant dialogue coach
Desmond Ngwenya .... stand-in: Derek Luke
Diana Nkata .... production secretary
Godfrey Nkese .... unit set assistant
Theresa Norton .... production coordinator
Gertrude Nyamankulu .... chef
Johan Oosthuizen .... military advisor
Lynette Ou Tim .... production coordinator: Cape Town
Lager Peters .... unit set captain
Charl Pretorius .... medic: second unit
Emile Rademeyer .... title designer
Freda Botho Ramatitti .... production assistant
Theron Ramatladi .... cleaner
Fiona Ramsey .... dialogue coach
Heinrich Richter .... stand-in: Tim Robbins
Donovan Roberts-Baxter .... assistant production coordinator
Thérèsa Ryan .... production coordinator
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Stelio Savante .... adr voice match
Marvin Saven .... chief financial officer: Moonlighting Films
Brian Scadden .... laboratory production coordinator: Park Road Post
Kelly Schiling .... director attachment
Rohan Scully .... runner
Joanne Sennitt .... head of group finance: Scion Films
Beatriz Sequeira .... assistant: Phillip Noyce, United States
Sheeraz Shah .... head of legal and business affairs: Working Title
Mpumi Simayile .... accounting assistant
Mandy Smit .... runner
Terry Stevens .... location assistant
Daren Stilwell .... location scout
John Swart .... dog trainer
Mohlaba Thaka .... production assistant
Ben Thomas .... lawyer: legal and production, Scion Films
Allison Tucker .... assistant unit publicist
Gert Uys .... aerial helicopter pilot
Gert Uys .... helicopter pilot: camera
Pamela Velapi .... chef
Jean-Roux Viljoen .... location assistant
Dylan Voigt .... moonlighting coordinator
Dylan Voogt .... production assistant: Moonlighting Films
Lucy Wainwright .... legal and business affairs executive: Working Title
Bruce Wentzel .... armorer
Laura Wilcox .... first accounting assistant
Moeketsi Williams .... production assistant
Abrian Witbooi .... unit set assistant
Sarah Jane Wright .... production executive: Working Title (as Sarah-Jane Robinson)
Kai Cheong Yeung .... laboratory manager: Park Road Post
John Rogers .... unit manager (night shift ) (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bruna Papandrea .... very special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language
Runtime:
101 min | Canada:98 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Trivia:
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!
Rebels:Yes, commander!
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Expertly handled political thriller, 23 March 2007
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

The remarkable thing about Australian director Phillip Noyce's engaging political thriller, which is set in the South Africa's apartheid era, is that he has succeeded in making a thoughtful film in a genre strewn with pitfalls.

Derek Luke plays Patrick Chamusso, a (real life) black African who becomes radicalised as a result of his wrongful detention and torture by South Africa's ruling white party. Conscious of his duty to support a family, Patrick keeps his head down, having nothing to do with terrorists and 'trouble-makers' who want to attack the massive oil-refinery where he works as a foreman. Patrick doesn't even let his aging inlaw listen to the 'Radio Freedom' channel. But after a false arrest and incarceration - during which time he is not charged and so has no right to a lawyer - Patrick is beaten senseless and then sees the same treatment meted out to his wife. The experience convert him to the cause as soon as he gets out and he's off to Mozambique to train as an ANC freedom fighter.

Patrick's opponent is Tim Robbins, who plays Nic Vos, the Colonel in an anti-terrorist squad. In a poignant montage, we see Vos receiving a medal, intercut with another shot showing the burial of murdered ANC fighters (who receive a gun-salute).

The average movie would already have made simplistic references to Guantanamo (or any other political hot topic), reduced Chamusso and Vos to mere ciphers, moralised to the point of being patronising, or wallowed in sentimentality. But Noyce is no average director. He has produced sterling thrillers such as The Bone Collector but, more importantly, has shown himself to have a firm grasp of human rights, seen in both his treatment of The Quiet American and Rabbit Proof Fence. This film is about the making of a terrorist, but within a specific historical context, and makes no judgement beyond South Africa.

The hybridisation of South African society is competently developed. Our story is told primarily from the viewpoint of blacks. This is in contrast to the usual Hollywood formula which would show whites mistreating them, and then whites eventually (and heroically) developing more enlightened views. We get to know Patrick, his family, his shortcomings, his daily life and his love of football. Yet focussing too narrowly on him could have turned Catch a Fire into mere polemic. Instead, Robbins is also allowed to develop the character of Vos, who we see as a man doing what he believes is best rather than someone who is an out-and-out monster. The Colonel also has a family he loves, and teaches his daughters that his job is to make the country a safe place for them to live in. He can calmly oversee torture one minute and play good cop the next -yet conveying sincerity to both attitudes.

South Africa today is neither the country that it was under apartheid, nor the country that it was before outside nations established control. Crucial insights paved the way for South Africa's 'freedom' - rather than a victory of one race over another. Concepts like universal sharing and passive resistance. This is epitomised in the film when a saying of Nelson Mandela is recalled - 'we can never be free until we learn to forgive'.

The real life Patrick (who makes a brief appearance in the film) now lives with Conney, a woman he married after his release. They have children of their own and have fostered over 70 AIDS orphans at their Two Sisters charity (http://www.twosisters.org.za/ - which appears in the end-credits). The addition of documentary details may annoy some audiences who wanted to leave the cinema purely after a thriller, but for this viewer the cut to real-life seemed an excellent anchor without giving way to sermonising.

Catch a Fire is a complex political thriller based on at least one historical character. It documents an important chapter of history. The degree to which there are parallels or lessons for other situations in the present day is left entirely for the viewer. What is clear is that Noyce has once again handled a multifaceted and challenging story with skill and even-handedness.

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