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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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Mary Botha
Aubrey Poo ...
Peter Magubane
Unathi Kapela ...
Nancy (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)
Tom Fairfoot ...
BBC Reporter
Jonathan Rands ...
Judge De Wet
Jennifer Steyn ...
School Inspector
Andre Van Der Merwe ...
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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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In the end cast credits, actor Neil Sandilands is listed as playing the character 'Dr. Hattingh,' but then this is followed by the actress Antoinette Louw" as playing the character of his wife with a different spelling of her last name as 'Mrs. Hatingh.' See more »

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Bleed for Love
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by Harvey Mason Jr., Laurent Eyquem and David Franco
Performed by Jennifer Hudson with Soweto Gospel Choir
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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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