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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 ...
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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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Certificate in Luxembourg: 12. See more »

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During the celebrations when the ANC win the elections in 1994, one of the people in the crowd is wearing a South African cricket T-shirt from after 2011. 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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Referenced in The 87th Annual Academy Awards (2015) See more »

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Written and Performed By Gil Scott-Heron
Courtesy Of Flying Dutchman Records
By Arrangement with Peter Lane Esq. and Delia T. Mccabe Esq. and the Estate Of Gil Scott-Heron
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The Depth Of The Man Never Really Exposed
21 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mr. Mandela's story wold be better celebrated in a mini series spanning several episodes if one is to try to examine the real effect of his life and struggle. From his beginning in the legal pursuit to the incredible resolutions his endeavor and great strength delivered to the world, a glancing look is not sufficient to either dissect or fully understand the scope of this man's achievement on all of us and our existence.

There are simply too many elements to the story line of this man's life that cannot be appreciated when so much material is covered in such short order. The early rise of his group, the man's personal confliction, the nature of the apartheid movement and the incredible will of the man to transcend it all is touched upon but never really explored to a level where the impact of his triumph is delivered to the audience.


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