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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 ...
Riaad Moosa ...
Zolani Mkiva ...
Raymond Mhlaba
Simo Mogwaza ...
Andrew Mlangeni
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Govan Mbeki
Thapelo Mokoena ...
Jamie Bartlett ...
James Gregory
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Kobie Coetzee
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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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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,283, 1 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,323,085

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,984,870
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His trial in 1963 featured in the film was not his only major defense against the state. Between December 5, 1956 and March 29, 1961, he and 29 other freedom fighters either in support of or members of the African National Congress were tried for treason against the government. The trial lasted for nearly four and a half years, and after nearly 12000 documents seized by government officials were reviewed, he and the others were found not guilty. These events are well documented in Mandela's autobiography off of which this film is based between chapters 23 and 39. 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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Featured in 71st Golden Globe Awards (2014) See more »

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Written and Performed by Art Blakey
Courtesy Of Blue Note Records
Under License From Universal Music Enterprises
Published By Global Copyright Administration C/O Peer Music (UK) Ltd
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A Beautiful Walk!
14 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Mandela: Long Way To Freedom (English): The film which is releasing in India after 2 months (24 January 2014) of it's international release (a week before Nelson Mandela's death), is indeed a nice cinematic outing based on the Classic Hollywood narrative style. Despite the film losing it's track while focusing more on the life and times of Late Nelson Mandela, the film scores with it's screenplay (William Nicholson) based on the autobiography written by the legend himself, then comes the production designing work by Johnny Breedt, whose brilliantly portrays the Apartheid times on screen, the cinematography by Lol Crawly whose shots brilliantly bring out the best of the legend and his times and then the proper placement of music score as well as the archival footages within the film's coarse, the the performances by the lead. The best among them comes the performance by Idris Elba who greatly delivers a performance that's worth cherishing and successfully brings out the portrayal of Madiba well and then comes the narration by the director Justin Chadwick, who keeps you engaged and sympathize with the film's journey to freedom. Not to be missed! My rating would be: 4/5.


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