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Winnie Mandela (2011)

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A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.

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Major de Vries
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Mary Botha
Aubrey Poo ...
Peter Magubane
Unathi Kapela ...
Winnie (12 & 13)
Fezeka Ndlazilwana ...
Nancy (8)
Talitha Ndima ...
Nancy (10, 20, 28 & 30)
Professor Mavuso ...
Columbus Madikizela
Nomsa Xaba ...
Makhulu
Bongi Mdongwe ...
Gertrude (as Bongi Mbongwe)
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BBC Reporter
Jonathan Rands ...
Judge de Wet
Jennifer Steyn ...
School Inspector
Andre Van Der Merwe ...
School Inspector
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A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.

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Rated R for some violence and language
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6 September 2013 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the end credits, Neil Sandilands is credited as Dr. Hattingh although the role was played by Albert Maritz. See more »

Crazy Credits

Louis Minnaar is listed twice in the end credits for playing the character 'Man in Suite.' See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.12 (2010) See more »

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Lakutshonga Llanga
Music by Mackay Davashe
Performed by The Manhatten Brothers (as Manhattan Brothers)
Courtesy of Gallo Record Company
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A disappointing attempt to capture a significant episode of world history
17 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I viewed this at the Toronto International Film Festival where it premiered without a final soundtrack and with the end credits missing. But that's not what's important. Sadly, Winnie bites off more than it can chew due to weak, amateurish writing and clichéd action scenes, choppy story-telling and most of all, the casting of Jennifer Hudson, who is embarrassingly over her head as the love of Mandela's life. The larger historical,political and cultural context of this epic tale is missing, and although the basic 'facts' are there, it comes across as lifeless, wooden, artificial and often cloyingly sentimental. There are some bad choices in the story-telling in the interest of Hollywoodizing the saga for audiences who may not be knowledgeable about South African history or realities. Terrence Howard tries hard against the challenges of a lousy script and heavy-handed direction, and ages brilliantly as Mandela. He can't, single-handedly, save the film, so at the moment, the entire project feels as if it's headed straight to DVD.


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