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Winnie Mandela (2011)

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



(inspired by and based upon the book "Winnie Mandela: A Life"), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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)
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language


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Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Winnie Mandela  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


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

Crazy Credits

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 »


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


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The key problem with this movie
18 November 2013 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I am presently watching this movie at the moment. I must say I am extremely surprised at the flawed costuming of this project. This is a movie chronicling the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a woman who was born in 1936. Yet from the very start of the movie(which starts at her birth), you notice immediately that they lost it on the costumes they used as they do not depict the kind and quality of clothing worn in a 1936 South African village. For one the clothing used are really really bright and very 2011 fashionable. Regarding the styling, you can clearly tell that they probably could not produce them that way back then. They also look too bright and flashy much like modern apparel. In certain scenes you see that the ties worn by the guards or police officers looking really modern day and therefore really makes you struggle to believe the events were actually occurring when the acting tells you they were. Talk about the wedding dress used in Winnie's wedding, it just looks out of place time-wise. So even though the acting is good, I feel that the strength of the acting was much suppressed by this flaw. It really would have been better if they had down toned the colors a bit but unfortunately they did not.

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