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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

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A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Tony Kgoroge ...
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Zolani Mkiva ...
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Evelyn Mase
Zikhona Sodlaka ...
Nosekeni
S'Thandiwe Kgoroge ...
Albertina Sisulu
Tshallo Sputla Chokwe ...
Oliver Tambo
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube ...
Albert Luthuli (as Sello Maake)
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Nelson Mandela is a South African lawyer who joins the African National Congress in the 1940s when the law under the Apartheid system's brutal tyranny proves useless for his people. Forced to abandon peaceful protest for armed resistance after the Sharpeville Massacre, Mandela pays the price when he and his comrades are sentenced to life imprisonment for treason while his wife, Winnie, is abused by the authorities herself. Over the decades in chains, Mandela's spirit is unbowed as his struggle goes on in and beyond his captivity to become an international cause. However, as Winnie's determination hardens over the years into a violent ruthlessness, Nelson's own stature rises until he becomes the renowned leader of his movement. That status would be put to the test as his release nears and a way must be found to win a peaceful victory that will leave his country, and all its peoples, unstained. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.


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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mandela: Un long chemin vers la liberté  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$84,283 (USA) (29 November 2013)

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$8,324,748 (USA) (21 March 2014)
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The film was in development for many years, initially with Morgan Freeman attached to play Nelson Mandela. These plans were scuppered when Freeman chose to play Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus (2009). See more »

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When Nelson Mandela is released from prison on 11th February 1990, there is a Mercedes W140 waiting which was first manufactured in August 1991. See more »

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Nelson Mandela: I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a lonely road, and it is not over yet. I know that my country, was not made to be a land of hatred. No one is born hating another person because the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart.
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Cothoza
Traditional arranged by Dizu Plaatjies
Performed by The Cast
Published by Fat Mama Publishing
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Mandela's struggle played brilliantly by Elba
24 January 2014 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Nelson Mandela is a man that should be remembered for his incredible fighting spirit that not only helped him achieve his goals, but also be remembered as an important leader to his people. When making movie about such an iconic and historic figure, one has to cast the perfect actor. Idris Elba was very much the right man for the job. The actor is Mandela in every scene he appears and shares the same emotions as our real life protagonist. This is clearly one of the best roles of the year and one of my personal favorites. Naomie Harris is not far off either as Winnie, Madiba's second wife, a woman who stands by her man during his imprisonment, and slowly drifts apart from him as she no longer feels she knows him and his intentions. Much has been said about the movie's plot flaws, something I do not agree with as I found it to be quite entertaining and a great homage to the legend that is Nelson Mandela. Great performances in a fantastic movie.

Rating 8/10


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