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The Bang Bang Club -- During the final bloody days of apartheid, four brave, young photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and Joao Silva - risked their lives to capture the violent struggle as it unfolded.
The Bang Bang Club -- 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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23 June 2011 (Germany) See more »
Sometimes you get too close See more »
A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa. | Add synopsis »
7 nominations See more »
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The Book is Brilliant, The Film is even Superior See more (26 total) »


  (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 Ramsay ... Margy (as Fiona Ramsey)

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:
Darren Kelfkens
Shane John Kruger ... Military police officer

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 
Costume Design by
Ruy Filipe 
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
Rob Ballantyne .... storyboard artist
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
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zanele Mhlanga .... key costumer
Jacques Van Rooyen .... costume supervisor
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
Filming Locations:

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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:
References Casablanca (1942)See more »
Take It EasySee more »


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43 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
The Book is Brilliant, The Film is even Superior, 23 April 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

THE BANG BANG CLUB, A MOVIE TIE-IN is as fine an introduction to the quality of the film just released, a film based on this book. The political history surrounding South Africa into which the four photographer journalists involve themselves is confusing at best and should be required reading before the audience steps into the grim realities of the cinematic format. Another aspect that makes both the book and the film of utmost importance is this past week's report of the deaths of two brilliant photographer journalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in a very similar situation in Libya.

South African writer/director Steven Silver adapted this book by Greg Marinovich and João Silva for the screen and using some of the images from the original book and enhanced by reenactment of the horrors by cinematographer Miroslaw Baszak has successfully preserved all of the brutality and gore of the situation in South Africa in 1994 - before the country was joined into a nation by Nelson Mandela. Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe) is a free lance photographer in and around Soweto and follows his instincts for a good story by wandering into dangerous territory. He meets the three photographers who produce footage for Star picture editor Robin Comley (Malin Akerman) whose crew consists of pothead Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch, in a fine, sensitive performance), Ken Oosterbroek (Frank Rautenbach, a very promising young actor), and João Silva (Neels Van Jaarsveld). After proving his worth with a Pulitzer prize photograph of a burning man the four young men bond closely as the Bang Bang Gang and proceed to capture all of the fighting and incomparably cruel hostilities as the three fighting forces in the struggle for power in South Africa create the chaos of 1994. In a particularly touching scene Kevin photographs a starving child being stalked by a hungry vulture and his photograph wins a second Pulitzer Prize for the group. But war is war and takes is mental and physical tolls on the Bang Bang Gang and only two survive to write the book whose journal like content provides the story for the film.

This is a difficult book to read and the resulting cinematic version is equally as difficult to watch. The cast of characters is excellent down to the smallest cameo appearances by the South African people describing the atrocities that till their existence. An excellent book has been transformed in to an excellent film, albeit a film that is harrowing to watch unfold.

Grady Harp

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