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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William Hurt ... Professor Willie Esterhuyse

Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Thabo Mbeki

Jonny Lee Miller ... Michael Young

Mark Strong ... Dr. Neil Barnard

Clarke Peters ... Nelson Mandela

John Kani ... Oliver Tambo

Derek Jacobi ... Rudolph Agnew

Timothy West ... P.W. Botha

Matthew Marsh ... F.W. de Klerk
Mike Huff ... Willem de Klerk
Stephen Jennings ... Kobie Coetsee

Patrick Lyster ... Sampie Terreblanche

Ramon Tikaram ... Aziz Pahad
Danny Scheinmann ... Albie Sachs
Porteus Xandau ... Christo Brand
Amelia Bullmore ... Gill
David Henry ... Professor Marinus Wiechers
Trevor Sellers ... Tony Trew
Moshidi Motshegwa ... Sebolela
Bo Petersen ... Esterhuyse's Wife
Gabi Scheibert ... Esterhuyse's Daughter (as Gabriele Scheibert)
Thomas Lockyer ... Anthony Sampson

Langley Kirkwood ... Warrant Officer Jack Swart

Jacques Strydom ... Roadblock Policeman
Faith Ndukwana ... Winnie Mandela
Faniswa Yisa ... Woman Pick-up Driver
Tshamano Sebe ... Black Drinker
Marko van der Colff ... Bizos
Unathi Dyantyi ... Youth #1 Hate
Vicky Davis ... White Newscaster
Batsile Ramasodi ... Zambian Newscaster
Jonathan Dimbleby ... English Newscaster
Violet Gonda ... Zimbabwean Newscaster
Robert Coxwell ... South African Newscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kas Graham ... Protestor
Chumani Pan ... Youth #1 - Shabeen

Grant Swanby ... President's Agent Botha

Karl Thaning ... F.W. de Klerk's agent

Lizanne Tulip ... High Profile Banker
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Directed by
Pete Travis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Harvey  book "The Fall of Apartheid: The Inside Story from Smuts to Mbeki"
Paula Milne 

Produced by
David Aukin .... executive producer
Lorraine Goodman .... line producer
Nina Heyns .... line producer: South Africa
Liza Marshall .... executive producer
Hal Vogel .... producer
Original Music by
Martin Phipps 
Cinematography by
David Odd 
Film Editing by
Clive Barrett 
Dominic Strevens 
Casting by
Christa Schamberger 
Production Design by
Chris Roope 
Art Direction by
Birrie Le Roux 
Set Decoration by
Fred Du Preez 
Neesh Ruben 
Makeup Department
Sharon Martin .... hair designer
Sharon Martin .... makeup designer
Kelly Willis .... hair & makeup artist
Production Management
Pierre Buys .... unit manager
Mark Harris .... post-production supervisor
Jeanne Watson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Goddard .... first assistant director
Daryn Goldsbrough .... third assistant director
Ben Harrison .... second assistant director
Steve Morphew .... third assistant director
Shamiel Soni .... additional second second assistant director
Art Department
Gaby Beyers .... art department coordinator
Karl du Preez .... set dresser
Alex Giles .... props
Brian Glaser .... assistant construction manager
Belinda Johnson .... props
Paula Jones .... graphic designer
Cassie Leedham .... graphic designer
Sian Molloy .... assistant set decorator
Ian Murray .... rigger
Catherine Palmer .... graphics
Chris Richmond .... stand-by art director
Mark Risk .... storyboard artist
Brendan Smithers .... construction coordinator: South Africa
Sound Department
Chris Ashworth .... sound mixer
Ben Brazier .... dialogue editor
Robert Brazier .... sound effects editor
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Mark Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jamie Roden .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Snedecor .... adr recordist
Stephen Webster .... sound re-recording mixer
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Wesley Barnard .... special effects technician
Cordell McQueen .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Thomas M. Horton .... managing director: Men-from-Mars
Stephanie C. Kelly .... compositor
Natalie Stopford .... visual effects line producer
Shanaullah Umerji .... visual effects producer
John Smith .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Beisan Elias .... camera trainee
Allan Gray .... key grip
Peter Howard .... first assistant camera (2009)
Phil Hurst .... best boy
Giles Keyte .... still photographer
Alison Lai .... clapper loader: dailies
Dirk Nel .... director of photography: second unit
Anna Valdez-Hanks .... additional cinematography
Casting Department
J.P. van der Merwe .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzie Harman .... assistant costume designer
Darion Hing .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Matthew Benns .... digital intermediate data manager
Paul Ensby .... digital color timer
Katura Jensen .... post-production coordinator
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Ruth Barrett .... composer: additional music
Jake Jackson .... music recording mixer
Transportation Department
Pierre Buys .... transport manager
Clinton De Villiers .... personal driver
Nick Dunn .... transportation captain
Other crew
Anke Andriessen .... production secretary
Robert Bentley .... location manager
Tina Caldeira .... production coordinator
Tim Desbois .... aerial coordinator
Rosanne Flynn .... researcher
Katie Harlow .... script supervisor: UK dailies
Craig Heathcote .... production coordinator
Neil Hodge .... head chef
Pat Karam .... location manager
Eduard Klarenbeek .... assistant location manager
James Levison .... production associate
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Lance Peters .... key armorer
Meryl Schutte .... production supervisor
Ian Thomson .... publicist
Andrew Vanneck .... dailies runner

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Rated PG-13 for violence/disturbing images and some strong language
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:16 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45654)

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Factual errors: During the movie an Opel Rekord car is driven in South Africa, although at that time General Motors was represented via it's Delta brand in that region.See more »
Epilogue:When the IRA decided to negotiate a peaceful solution to the Irish conflict, they secretly turned to the ANC
[African National Congress]
Epilogue:for advise on how to do it. They are now advising Hamas on the same strategy.
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Impressive, tightly played-out drama on the end of Apartheid, 7 May 2009
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

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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