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The Bang Bang Club (2010)

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A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

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Ken Oosterbroek
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Alf Khumalo (as Alf Khumalo)
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Jim (James Nachtwey)
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A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Fotógrafos de la muerte  »

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Kevin Carter's daughter Megan Carter is featured in the bar scene where she turns around and says 'you must be Ken Oosterbroek'. Standing next to her there is Kevin Carter's step daughter Sian Lloyd. See more »

Goofs

When Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva are reviewing Kevin Carter's film of the vulture and child, the negatives they view through the magnifier are actually halftone images, not normal negatives that one would be examining before publication. (Halftones are the "dotted" images used to print photographs in newspapers and magazines, etc.) See more »

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Kevin Carter: They're right. All those people who say it's our job to just sit and watch people die. They're right.
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Photos taken by the real photographers, including portraits of each other, are used as a backdrop during the first section of the credits. The taking of some of these photographs is portrayed in the film itself. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.14 (2011) See more »

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Bang Bang
Written by Joe Cuba and Jimmy Sabater
Performed by Joe Cuba
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Hullo, it's the Pullitzer! - Damnit, didn't I tell you not to call after 10?
6 December 2013 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

In this movie, the background action of the almost forgotten bloody conflicts between Zulu and Xhosa prior to the abolition of Apartheid is far more interesting the the primary story of a group of white photographers with film star attitudes covering it. To sum it up, they look gorgeous, they dodge bullets, they make love to their foxy photo editor and they drink. Judging from the portraits of the actual photographers of the original Bang Bang Club, this might have even been surprisingly truthful. We seem to have a movie where stroppy young Hollywood actors (Ryan Philippe!) play real-life guys pretending to be Hollywood badasses.

As a (former) photojournalist, this was partially a movie about my former dreams. Taking the picture that summarizes a conflict so well that it can bring it to the world's attention-kinda thing.

On the other hand, I had a stack of issues with the movie. Driving into an angry and armed crowd shouting "We're press!" -- really bad idea at any place and any time. Same for a group of photojournalists staying closely together so that they can exchange witty banter (good for the film) but will end up bringing nearly identical photographs (bad for the photographer). And if you're planning to photograph a dead child during a wake in the middle of the night, you might consider bringing a flash to go with your F4 in order to spare your coy photoeditor girlfriend having to shove a lightbulb right up the dead boy's nose. When you the unknown rookie photographer brings your first great photograph to a newspaper, you won't be handed an envelope stuffed with money. Stuff like that.


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