Winnie Mandela (2011)
"Winnie" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  6 September 2013 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Major de Vries
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 ...
Bongi Mdongwe ...
Gertrude (as Bongi Mbongwe)
Tom Fairfoot ...
BBC Reporter
Jonathan Rands ...
Judge de Wet
Jennifer Steyn ...
School Inspector
Andre Van Der Merwe ...
School Inspector


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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Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA)  »

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Winnie Mandela  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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


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


Music & Lyrics by Yvonne Chaka Chaka & L.M.
Performed by Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Courtesy of Chaka Chaka Promotions CC 2007
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If you only know the story of Nelson Mandela then you only know half the story. More movies should be made about this woman.
26 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"She spent nearly 500 days in prison, 400 of them alone in solitary. She was exiled, they harassed her, they nearly killed her. Her contribution to the struggle is beyond calculation." This movie follows the life of Winnie (Hudson) from birth to her life with husband Nelson Mandela (Howard) and beyond. It shows her transformation from shy student to activist. I hate to admit it but I knew next to nothing about this woman before I started the movie. For that reason going in my first thought was, why make a movie about her when Nelson is much more interesting. After watching this my thoughts changed to why don't they make more movies about her. I'm not sure how accurate this movie is but I found it to be very interesting and really made me feel for her. Seeing a woman who was shy and had her life ahead of her end up being broken by seeing the way her life was affected by her husbands sentence gives you conflicting emotions. On one hand you want her to do the things she is doing while at the same time you know she should stop. The end of the movie is so bittersweet that it's hard to feel happy about what happened. The only really bad thing I have to say about this is that it really had the feel of a Lifetime movie. Overall, my feelings went from why a movie about her to why aren't there more movies about her. I highly recommend this. I give it an A-.

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