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Endgame (I) (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History  |  18 January 2009 (USA)
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.



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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

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Rated PG-13 for violence/disturbing images and some strong language | See all certifications »

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$1,608 (USA) (6 November 2009)


$9,645 (USA) (15 January 2010)

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Impressive, tightly played-out drama on the end of Apartheid
7 May 2009 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Well-scripted and cast this made-for-TV drama would have to work hard to be ineffective. William Hurt, as a liberal Afrikaner university professor Esterhuyse bosses the drama. Thrown inbetween the ANC and Botha's implacable government as a way of coaxing talks into life he also has to withstand the insidious advances of insiders with other agendas. Chiwetel Ejiofor's Mbeki is an earnest character here but for reasons either of performance or historical reproduction he seems strangely marginal. Much more impressive is the (scarily similar) Mandela of Clarke Peters, played as a graceful man two steps ahead of whatever game he's introduced to.

There's a host of other cameos - I particularly liked Timothy West's Botha - which fill out the story. It's a competent production, albeit fighting an occasionally losing battle with period detail in central London (21st century buses and entryphone systems in 1985). Somerset looks beautiful too. It can be a bit cursory with the dangers a bit - the stakes that the 'players' face - but there's a lot to cram in. Above all one gets the sense of men trying to resolve things with a decorousness that must be the example for the ensuing national democracy. Stirring stuff. 7/10

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