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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:
References Casablanca (1942)See more »
Life Is A GunSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Hullo, it's the Pullitzer! - Damnit, didn't I tell you not to call after 10?, 6 December 2013
Author: Karl Self from Yurp

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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