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A World Apart (1988)

PG | | Drama | 17 June 1988 (USA)
1963. Thirteen year old Molly Roth, the eldest of three offspring of Gus and Diana Roth, lives a carefree life as part of the affluent white minority in South Africa. Race is a non-issue ... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Menges

Writer:

Shawn Slovo
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodhi May ... Molly Roth
Jeroen Krabbé ... Gus Roth
Barbara Hershey ... Diana Roth
Nadine Chalmers Nadine Chalmers ... Yvonne Abelson
Maria Pilar Maria Pilar ... Spanish Dance Teacher
Kate Fitzpatrick ... June Abelson
Tim Roth ... Harold
Phyllis Naidoo Phyllis Naidoo ... Sareda
Linda Mvusi ... Elsie
Carolyn Clayton-Cragg Carolyn Clayton-Cragg ... Miriam Roth
Yvonne Bryceland Yvonne Bryceland ... Bertha
Mackay Tickey Mackay Tickey ... Milius
Merav Gruer Merav Gruer ... Jude Roth
Albee Lesotho Albee Lesotho ... Solomon
Clement Muchachi Clement Muchachi ... Sipho
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Storyline

1963. Thirteen year old Molly Roth, the eldest of three offspring of Gus and Diana Roth, lives a carefree life as part of the affluent white minority in South Africa. Race is a non-issue for her as although, under apartheid, the Roths largely exist among other white people like them, she feels equally comfortable around the black people in her life, such as their servants and her parents' black friends. Beyond knowing that they are busy in their work, Molly is unaware of the full extent of what her parents do, Gus a leading member of the South African Communist Party and Ruth an anti-apartheid journalist who also secretly works for the underground in support of the outlawed African National Congress. Shortly after Gus quietly escapes the country to evade probable arrest by the government - Molly believing it just a short work related trip - Molly's carefree life starts to unravel when Diana is detained for ninety days under a new law that allows such detention without ever even being ... Written by Huggo

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South Africa, 1963. A mother's love. A family's courage.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Barbara Hershey won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in this film. She won the same award in the previous year for Shy People (1987), making her the only actress or actor (as of 2015) to win consecutive awards in Cannes for performance (though in this movie she shared the award with her two female co-stars, Jodhi May and Linda Mvusi). See more »

Quotes

Diana Roth: [inside her cell, shouting and smashing objects] No books? No books?
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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A fine fine film
9 November 2000 | by sandie-6See all my reviews

This is a very good film with outstanding performances, particularly from Jodhi May and Barbara Hershey. The story of the Slovo-First family is very compelling and deserving of this fine treatment. As someone who has spent time in South Africa, both during and after Apartheid, I can attest to its authenticity.

The film works best, however, as a portrait of a troubled family. It carefully and truthfully depicts the agony of an adolescent girl who knows that her parents are trying to change her world for the better but at the expense of a normal life for her and her siblings. As Gillian Slovo so accurately stated, 'Here we were going off to Girl Guides while our parents were advocating the violent overthrow of our country's government.'

This film makes a powerful and moving, yet personal statement.


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Country:

UK | Zimbabwe

Language:

English | Swahili | Afrikaans | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Zimbabwe

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,815, 19 June 1988

Gross USA:

$2,326,860

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,326,860
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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