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Invictus (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  11 December 2009 (USA)
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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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Louis Minnaar ...
Springbok Coach (as Louis Minaar)


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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Release Date:

11 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Human Factor  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$37,479,778 (USA) (19 March 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the film came about, composer Kyle Eastwood was at a jazz festival in South Africa, so Clint Eastwood sent him to scout around and meet local music groups to see what he could find. See more »


In the closeups of President Nelson Mandela during the final game, you can see the reflection of the empty grandstands (red) in his sunglasses, rather than the green and yellow tinged full stands that are shown in the crowd shots. See more »


[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

Warner Bros.' logo from 1994 is used for both the opening and ending of the movie in keeping with the time period of the film. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey/Justin Bieber (2010) See more »


Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika
Written by Enoch Sontonga
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Morgan Freeman shines in Clint Eastwood's solid drama
12 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set in the early to mid 90's, Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" covers the first year of Nelson Mandela's presidency and how he pushed the nation's rugby team, led by captain Francois Pienaar, to achieve World Cup glory. However, Mandela's backing of the rugby team splits many hairs, as the "Sprinboks" have come to be a symbol of apartheid for millions of South Africans, making Mandela risk the very base that pushed him into office. He must also deal with personal security, his exhaustive schedule, and the strains on his personal life.

As much as I respect Morgan Freeman, I was concerned that his presence would be distracting, that I would be seeing him instead of Nelson Mandela. I shouldn't have worried. Freeman completely immerses himself into the role and gives one of the best performances of the year. Not only are his accent and tone of voice quite good, but he brings a true 3-dimensionality to the role. Compare, for example, him having tea with Francois, to talking with his family, and to making a political speech. Freeman nailed every facet of Mandela's life.

Damon also excels as Pienaar, the solid enough rugby player who must do more than just lead by example for his team. The screenplay, adapted by Anthony Peckham, doesn't offer many narrative surprises, but it does do a good job examining not only the strife South Africa was in when Mandela was elected, but also the value of the team to the entire nation. Eastwood wisely plays the material straight. Though the material may seem familiar, the performances by Damon and especially Freeman are what elevate this tale into a solid and even uplifting drama.

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