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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match. Written by alfiehitchie

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His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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11 December 2009 (USA)  »

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The Human Factor  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,611,147 (USA) (11 December 2009)

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$37,479,778 (USA) (19 March 2010)
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Matt Damon informed Clint Eastwood about Francois Pienaar's distinct physique: "You know, this guy is huge!" Eastwood replied, "Hell, you worry about everything else. Let me worry about that." By structuring set-ups and camera angles, Eastwood was able to make the average-height Damon look about Pienaar's height. See more »

Goofs

We see a scene Mandela is meeting at Taiwan and he left meeting room when hearing news of the games. However, the name of the meeting show "Orchid room" in Simplified Chinese that is not used in Taiwan. See more »

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[first lines]
High School Boy: [seeing passing motorcade] Who is it, sir?
High School Coach: It's the terrorist Mandela, they let him out. Remember this day boys, this is the day our country went to the dogs.
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the end credits, pictures are shown of the real life characters that were portrayed in the movie. Those images are then followed by a scene of South African kids playing rugby. See more »

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Referenced in Dinner for Schmucks (2010) See more »

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Colorblind
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Written By Daniel Po
Performed by Overtone and Yollandi Nortjie
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This is the greatest inspirational movie
1 May 2010 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I must confess that I am a great fan of Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman an Matt Damon (not necessarily in this order), but what impressed me most in this movie was the story (and if it was real, much better!). We can learn from this story that not revenge, but forgiveness is the most powerful weapon of our beings. Seeing this picture movie I realized how difficult was for Mandela to prevent a civil war or even a riot on such a drastic change of regimes. For those who lived under hard circumstances (like apartheid, communism or so called socialism) is much easier to understand the subtlety of the story, and more than that, this movie is a must see. That's one of the reasons I rate it 10 out of 10.


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