7.1/10
10,124
22 user 46 critic

The Color of Freedom (2007)

Goodbye Bafana (original title)
GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Director:

Writers:

, (book) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mandela (1996)
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Follows Nelson Mandela, from his early protests against racial discrimination, to his election as South Africa's first Democratically elected leader.

Directors: Angus Gibson, Jo Menell
Stars: Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Famous composer Martin meets concertmaster Barbara at one of his performances, and the two fall in love. After divorcing their spouses, Martin and Barbara marry and begin a happy life ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August
Stars: Sven Wollter, Viveka Seldahl, Reine Brynolfsson
Mandela (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) become South Africa's first Black President, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in negotiating a bloodless revolution in that country.

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Danny Glover, Tam Mpofu, Priscilla Mundawarara
Jerusalem (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August
Stars: Maria Bonnevie, Ulf Friberg, Pernilla August
Return to Sender I (2004)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

While fighting for a woman who sits on death row, a lawyer happens upon new information which brings into question the motives of a man associated with her client.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, Kelly Preston
Spring 1941 (2007)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Successful doctor Artur Planck, his wife Clara and their two daughters are seeking shelter from the Nazis storming Poland. They find a safe house in the farm of Emilia, their local grocer ... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash
Stars: Katarzyna Al Abbas, Miroslaw Baka, Stanislaw Brejdygant
Marie Krøyer (2012)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of the marriage between the painters Marie and P.S. Krøyer.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Søren Sætter-Lassen, Sverrir Gudnason
Man to Man (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An epic about anthropologists who hunt and capture pygmies for study back in Europe, in an attempt to illustrate the link between man and ape.

Director: Régis Wargnier
Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Iain Glen
Honning måne (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young man finds love and settles down, but when his young wife spirals into depression they both have decisions to make.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Claus Strandberg, Kirsten Olesen, Jens Okking
Mandela and de Klerk (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela, along with a number of political detainees, was sentenced to life imprisonment in what remains the most sensational treason trial in the history of South ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Tina Lifford
Silent Heart (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three generations of a family coming together over a weekend. A sick mother's wish to die before her disease worsens gets harder to handle as old conflicts come to the surface.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Ghita Nørby, Paprika Steen, Danica Curcic
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Shiloh Henderson ...
Brent Gregory
...
Brent Gregory
Megan Smith ...
Natasha Gregory
Jessica Manuel ...
Natasha Gregory
Faith Ndukwana ...
...
Zindzi Mandela
Leslie Mongezi ...
Zingizile Mtuzula ...
Raymond Mhlaba (as Zingi Mtuzula)
Mehboob Bawa ...
Shakes Myeko ...
Andrew Mlangeni
Sizwe Msutu ...
Cyril Ramaphosa
Edit

Storyline

James Gregory once lived in a farm and had befriended a native youth, Bafana, and had even had a photograph taken with him. Years later, now married to Gloria and father of three children (Chris, Brett, and Natasha), James has nothing but shame and regret, as many South African Caucasians in the oppressive Apartheid-era ridiculed him, leading him to hate Africans. He seeks to redeem himself by spying on imprisoned African National Congress Leader, Nelson Mandela. In the restrictive high security prison his job is to censor all written and verbal communications between prisoners, their visitors, and correspondence. James is uncomfortable when he witnesses Caucasian police and security officers' brutality against civilians, including infants, and tries to understand why Nelson became a rebel. This leads him to examine the 'Freedom Charter', a banned document, reportedly known to incite violence against 'whites'. And when he does read this document, he changes his mind about Nelson's ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 April 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Goodbye Bafana  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When the car explodes in front of an office building after two officers walk by, the blast should have shattered the office windows (and there are sounds of breaking glass), yet they remain intact. See more »

Quotes

Winnie Mandela: When I married you, I knew I was marrying the struggle.
See more »

Connections

Follows Mandela and de Klerk (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Annakie
(by Jan Pohl)
Music licensed courtesy of Gallo Music Publishers/Gallo Record Company
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
White man tale
3 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Or at least through the eyes of a white man. Even if you are not familiar with Mandelas story you will able to see where this is going. The story of the white man/guard might be spiked a bit and his wife does not have much to do (Diane Kruger) besides the obvious (caring for him, the safety of their family and being a faithful wife, sticking with her husband through it all).

One thing is sure, you do need a really charismatic and good actor if you want to portray a man like Mandela. And Dennis H. is one who can deliver. Even if he may not be on everyones radar, he has proved (on TV, but still), that he does have the skills and the presence to do such a job. He is not revealed immediately in the movie, which is not just another (filmmaking) trick, but serves the story or better yet the relationship between the two main man. New movies will come out and they probably will tell a better story, but this is not a bad movie either (even if predictable all the way through).


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Question!!!!!! xblonde-gurlx
Question about the movie graceylu89_2
Or should we say 'Good bye Bafana Bafana'? ercuesy
Was Mandela the Guard's Childhood Friend Bafana? astridarden
Plumstead, Cape Town jaise
New US Releasedate MasterB
Discuss The Color of Freedom (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?