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Mister Johnson (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | April 1991 (USA)
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In 1923, a local resident of British Colonial Nigeria tries to be equal with the colonial administration.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

William Boyd, Joyce Cary (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maynard Eziashi ... Mister Johnson
Pierce Brosnan ... Harry Rudbeck
Edward Woodward ... Sargy Gollup
Beatie Edney ... Celia Rudbeck
Denis Quilley ... Bulteen
Nick Reding Nick Reding ... Tring
Bella Enahoro Bella Enahoro ... Bamu
Femi Fatoba Femi Fatoba ... Waziri
Q Q ... Benjamin
Hubert Ogunde Hubert Ogunde ... Brimah (as Chief Hubert Ogunde)
Sola Adeyemi Sola Adeyemi ... Ajali
Jerry Linus Jerry Linus ... Saleh
George Menta George Menta ... Emil
Steve James ... Aliu
Tunde Kelani Tunde Kelani ... Jamesu
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Storyline

In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity, an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives, nor the British. He works for the local British magistrate, and considers himself English, though he has never been to England. He is always scheming, trying to get ahead, which lands him in a lot of hot water. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

Africa 1923: A clash of cultures between British imperalists and a black man too smart for his own good.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gospodin Johnson See more »

Filming Locations:

Kano, Kano State, Nigeria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,051, 24 March 1991

Gross USA:

$1,464,242

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,464,242
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avenue Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is set in West Africa in 1923. Blurbs on some DVDs for this film state: "Africa 1923: A clash of cultures between British imperialists and a black man too smart for his own good." See more »

Quotes

Celia Rudbeck: Perhaps you could clean your teeth tonight having taken the pipe out of your mouth - that would be a change.
Harry Rudbeck: I'm sorry, Celia.
Celia Rudbeck: Sorry about what?
Harry Rudbeck: I'm sorry about all of this.
Celia Rudbeck: Are you? You don't do anything about it.
Harry Rudbeck: Do? Well, what can I do? I'm in bloody West Africa. In the bloody bush. This isn't Mayfair, you know!
Celia Rudbeck: You don't have to tell me that. What about that horrible peanut soup? Peanut soup! Any idiot can make vegetable soup - even in bloody West Africa.
Harry Rudbeck: Why don't you tell Jamesu what you ...
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Chief Hubert A. Ogunde (1915 - 1990) See more »

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Referenced in Anything is Possible: Maynard Eziashi (2015) See more »

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Pasadena
Written by Harry Warren
performed by the Savoy Havana Band
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Emotional drama
24 December 2001 | by akhilles84See all my reviews

This is a good drama with a very touching ending.Pierce Brosnan does one of his best roles ever as friend of "Mr.Johnson",a Nigerian who sees himself as englishman.The way this film ends makes it big.

See this but take a few tissues if you are soft hearted. 7 out of 10


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