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A Good Man in Africa (1994)

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Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja, when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with ... See full summary »

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Bruce Beresford

Writers:

William Boyd (novel), William Boyd (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... Morgan Leafy, 1st Secretary of the High Commissioner
Sean Connery ... Dr. Alex Murray
John Lithgow ... Arthur Fanshawe, British High Commissioner
Diana Rigg ... Chloe Fanshawe
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Prof. Sam Adekunle
Joanne Whalley ... Celia Adekunle (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Sarah-Jane Fenton Sarah-Jane Fenton ... Priscilla Fanshawe
Maynard Eziashi ... Friday, Leafy's Houseman
Jeremy Crutchley ... Dickie Dalmire
Jackie Mofokeng Jackie Mofokeng ... Hazel, Leafy's Mistress
Daphne Greenwood Daphne Greenwood ... Duchess
Themba Ndaba Themba Ndaba ... Kojo
David Phetoe David Phetoe ... Isaiah
Dambuza Mdledle Dambuza Mdledle ... Sonny, Hazel's Brother
Lillian Dube Lillian Dube ... Innocence, Maid struck by lightning
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Storyline

Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja, when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with Celia (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), wife of corrupt Kinjanjan Presidential candidate Sam Adekunle (Louis Gossett, Jr.). As punishment, Leafy is forced into bribing an official who has voted down a project that stands to make Adekunle very rich. Leafy thinks he's gotten off easy until he learns the lone holdout is none other than Kinjanja's own brick wall of integrity, Dr. Alex Murray (Sir Sean Connery). Meanwhile, Leafy must also contend with his absurdly stuffy boss Fanshawe (John Lithgow), Fanshawe's lusty wife (Dame Diana Rigg), and their luscious, too friendly daughter.

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They call it diplomacy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afrika koktél See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,144,942, 11 September 1994

Gross USA:

$2,308,390

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,308,390
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation en France : # 86827. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Murray: Show me the man who is completely content, and I'll show you the lobotomy scar.
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I Love Africa
Composed by George Lee
Performed by The George Lee Band
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Decent, but it had greater potential.
6 August 2009 | by easternmoviecriticSee all my reviews

A Good Man in Africa is a parody of Africa. The action takes place in an imaginary African country, Kinjaja. The movie centres around Morgan Leafy, a British diplomat and a gigolo who wants countless damsels. Morgan isn't a memorable character, he can't be a role model, but the character does develop throughout the movie.

One flaw of the movie is false advertisement. On the DVD cover we see Sean Connery in the front plan, on another DVD cover we don't even see Morgan. Even the description doesn't mention Morgan; this is made to make us believe that Sean Connery plays a major role, but he doesn't. He plays a white doctor, Alex Murray, a doctor at the local hospital. Needless to say, Connery is the best actor in the movie. He's there only for about 10 minutes in total. And yet he has a major role? Very cheap strategy.

A Good Man in Africa has light, subtle humour, it may not be funny, but it's original. As I've said before, it's a parody of Africa, politics in Africa, the African man himself and the white man trying to fit in. Mildly racist, mildly funny, overall - decent.

Final Score: 2.5/5 or 5/10


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