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  (in credits order)

Ryan Phillippe ... Greg Marinovich

Malin Akerman ... Robin Comley

Taylor Kitsch ... Kevin Carter
Neels Van Jaarsveld ... João Silva
Frank Rautenbach ... Ken Oosterbroek
Nina Milner ... Samantha
Jessica Haines ... Allie
Russel Savadier ... Ronald Graham
Lika Berning ... Vivian (as Lika van den Bergh)
Kgosi Mongake ... Patrick
Patrick Shai ... Pegleg
Alfred Kumalo ... Alf Khumalo (as Alf Khumalo)
Craig Palm ... Amir

Nick Boraine ... Colin

Patrick Lyster ... Jim (James Nachtwey)
Vusi Kunene ... Petrus Maseko
Julian Rademeyer ... Cape Town Reporter
Andy Stead ... Durban Reporter
Greg Melvill-Smith ... Jacques Hugo
David Butler ... Journalist
Adrian Waldron ... Journalist 2
Geoffery Sekele ... Local Man
Kate Mbele ... Local Woman
John Hogg ... Male Reporter
Israel Makoe ... Man In White Shirt
Fiona Ramsey ... Margy

Ashley Mulheron ... Roxy
Neil Tabatznik ... Mladen
Jacques Gombault ... Policeman
Ashley Saunders ... Sarel
Eloiise Horjus ... Sheila
Katlego Bingwa ... Smaller Boy
Nats Ramabulawna ... Sonny
Mtunzi Mtoyi ... Steven
Gabisile Ndebele ... Thoko
Nadia Neophotou ... Woman Reporter
Rethabile Ramaphakele ... Woman Reporter Three
Zodwa Tshabalala ... Woman
Sandile Mvunyiswa ... Xhosa Man
Nomanzo Muyaka ... Xhosa Woman
Siyamthanda Ndlanga ... Young Comrade
Jabulani Mthembu ... Zulu Fighter 2
Siphiwe Zulu ... Zulu Fighter 3
Sibusiso Khambule ... Zulu Fighter 4
Mzi Khumalo ... Security Guard
Nancy Buirski ... Nancy Buirski
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nelson Mandela ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Silver 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Greg Marinovich  book "The Bang-Bang Club Snapshots from a Hidden War"
João Silva  book "The Bang-Bang Club Snapshots from a Hidden War"
Steven Silver  screenplay

Produced by
Laszlo Barna .... executive producer
Lal Bharwey .... executive producer
Ahmed Omar Carrim .... executive producer
Shabir Carrim .... executive producer
Adam Friedlander .... producer
Daniel Iron .... producer
Kweku Mandela .... executive producer (as Kweku Mandela Amuah)
Chris Ouwinga .... executive producer
Lance Samuels .... producer
Steven Silver .... executive producer
Neil Tabatznik .... executive producer
Patrice Theroux .... executive producer
Jannie van Wyk .... executive producer
Darryn Welch .... executive producer
Claire Welland .... co-producer
Original Music by
Philip Miller 
Cinematography by
Miroslaw Baszak 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Tad Seaborn 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Production Design by
Emilia Roux  (as Emelia Weavind)
Art Direction by
Shane Bunce 
Makeup Department
Marli Kruger .... assistant makeup artist
Candy Ann Mitchell .... assistant hair stylist
Candy Ann Mitchell .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Darren Cameron .... production manager
Cheryl Eatock .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Biart .... second assistant director
Gerry Gavigan .... first assistant director
Andre Weavind .... first assistant director
Art Department
Greg Chown .... storyboard artist
Thabiso David Mohapi .... key stand-by props
Henrietta Moutinho .... set dresser
Justice Nhlapo .... leadman
Hansie Sedibe .... set dresser
Sound Department
Michael Botha .... adr recordist
Peter Buccellato .... sound recordist: commentary
Jo Caron .... foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Roderick Deogrades .... sound effects editor
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Nico Louw .... sound mixer
Kirk Lynds .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
David McCallum .... supervising sound editor
Joe Morrow .... sound re-recording assistant
Brent Pickett .... first assistant sound editor
Graham Rogers .... second assistant sound editor
David Rose .... sound editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Tattersall .... sound
Special Effects by
Mick 'Stuntie' Milligan .... special effects technician
Antony Stone .... special effects supervisor
Donavin Waters .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Darren A. Bell .... visual effects executive producer: Intelligent Creatures
Nick Colangelo .... visual effects coordinator
Chethan Diwakar .... compositor
Jordan Flanagan .... digital compositor
Edward Grad .... matte painting artist
William Higgins .... visual effects producer
Lon Molnar .... visual effects supervisor: Intelligent Creatures
Scott Riopelle .... look development: Intelligent Creatures
Rafael Santos Jr. .... visual effects coordinator
Daryl Shail .... match move supervisor
Daryl Shail .... motion graphics designer
David Thompson .... digital compositor
Craig Clarke .... lead compositor: LUX VFX (uncredited)
Brandon Livanos .... stunt double
Brandon Livanos .... stunts
Mick 'Stuntie' Milligan .... stunt coordinator
Mick 'Stuntie' Milligan .... stunt double
Mick 'Stuntie' Milligan .... water safety coordinator
Antony Stone .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert John Brooker .... best boy grip
James Frater .... Steadicam operator
Frank Gardner .... focus puller
Andrew Greenan .... second assistant: "b" camera
Dirk Steyn .... second assistant camera
Derek Ueckermann .... first assistant camera
Amy Yeats .... darkroom loader
Casting Department
Christopher Richards .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Darcy Arthurs .... digital intermediate producer
Frank Biasi .... digital intermediate editor
Louis Casado .... color timer
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate producer
Rob Evans .... colorist
Jim Fleming .... digital intermediate colorist
Luis Freitas .... first assistant editor
Sandy Pereira .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Heather Gardner .... music coordinator (as Heather Adamo)
David Hayman .... music supervisor
Stacey Horricks .... music supervisor
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Lex Batten .... project supervisor: technicolor
Elliott Borkum .... location manager
Rory Downing .... business affairs manager
Karen Franklin .... business affairs
Grant Kilian .... directors assistant: pre-production
Paul Van Zyl .... researcher
Johanna Weinstein .... title designer
Laura Wilcox .... production accountant
Kevin Carter .... dedicatee
Ken Oosterbroek .... dedicatee
Roger Spottiswoode .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content
USA:106 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (2011) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Germany:12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: In the film Kevin Carter plays the song "Just" by Radiohead on his radio show. However the song was released in 1995 after Kevin's death.See more »
Kevin Carter:They're right. All those people who say it's our job to just sit and watch people die. They're right.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "The Hour: Episode #7.81" (2011)See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Why the current low rating?!, 3 February 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

It is possible that my score of 9 might be a bit inflated because I am headed to South Africa in a few weeks and the timeliness of this film made me more inclined to like it. However, despite my enjoyment at learning about recent South African history, I still can't see this film being rated any lower than 8--it's THAT good.

"The Bang Bang Club" is a movie that you might assume is mostly fictional. After all, the characters seem so incredibly brave as well as foolhardy. However, to my surprise, all of these folks are based on real people! It's the story about a small group of insane photojournalists--guys who frequently brave death by going into the battle zone of Soweto, South Africa during the very tumultuous time as apartheid was ending (the early 1990s). Within this township, folks from the Inkatha Freedom Party (made up of Zulus) waged battle with members of the African National Congress--as well as anyone who happened to get trapped in the middle. Apart from killing thousands, the battles also tended to strengthen the notion by many white South Africans that mob rule would occur if these blacks were given the right to vote and become full citizens. Fortunately, time has proved this to be wrong.

Now these fights were NOT simple affairs involving spears or knives. While these were sometimes used, automatic weapons and the like were also employed--making the idea of folks going into the township to document the violence seem crazy. And, as the film progresses, you wonder how long these guys will be able to do this work until some of them start to die. But in spite of this danger, Pulitzer Prizes and great fame came to these men--as well as the moniker 'Bang Bang Club' due to their exploits.

The film is very tense, well-paced, interesting and, in an odd way, quite enjoyable. My only complaint is that at times (especially at the beginning) the film tries too hard to 'sex up' the group--using way too many cover model sorts to make this seem very realistic. They are simply too hip and too beautiful to be believable. This is especially apparent if you watch the excellent 'making of' documentary on the DVD, as you see two of these folks in real life and they do NOT look like GQ models. You don't see their girlfriends and wives, but I cannot imagine they looked as sexy as the ladies in this one! But, underneath it all, the film still is quite compelling--and unnerving. Well worth seeing--even if you aren't planning on going to South Africa or Soweto (where I will go--but in a heavily sanitized tour bus!!).

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