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A Good Man in Africa (1994)

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In a West African nation, the womanizing British 1st Secretary of the High Commissioner deals with different issues.


Bruce Beresford


William Boyd (novel), William Boyd (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... Morgan Leafy
Sean Connery ... Dr. Murray
John Lithgow ... Fanshawe
Diana Rigg ... Chloe
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Adekunle
Joanne Whalley ... Celia (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Sarah-Jane Fenton Sarah-Jane Fenton ... Priscilla
Maynard Eziashi ... Friday
Jeremy Crutchley ... Dalmire
Jackie Mofokeng Jackie Mofokeng ... Hazel
Daphne Greenwood Daphne Greenwood ... Duchess
Themba Ndaba Themba Ndaba ... Kojo
David Phetoe David Phetoe ... Isaiah
Dambuza Mdledle Dambuza Mdledle ... Sonny
Lillian Dube Lillian Dube ... Innocence


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, Chloe (Dame Diana Rigg), and their luscious, too friendly daughter.

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Deep in the heart of Africa the British practice bizarre rituals. See more »



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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Colin Friels was cast after Gary Oldman dropped out of the production. See more »


Kojo: You're a good man, Mr. Leafy.
Morgan Leafy: You think so? Well, better late than never.
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Come Home
Composed by George Lee
Performed by by George Lee (as The George Lee Band)
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so much wasted potential
17 November 2003 | by AfricanistSee all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the "East Africa" disclaimer. This is about Nigeria, specifically Lagos at the time of the oil boom, when it was the capital. Although many names have been changed, the Yoruba thunder god, Shango, is not, nor are some of the others.

There was so much humor possible in that time and place (you had to laugh just to keep from crying sometimes) that of course some of it found its way into the film. The author never understood what was happening, so of course he missed a lot, but then he made the very ignorance of the British one of the butts of his humor. God I love British humor, I envy them for it and I'm grateful to them for giving us Chaplin, Bob Hope, and so many others. But I digress. And this film is not on the level of Chaplin or Hope. I was disappointed.

The biggest disappointment was watching great talents like Sean Connery, Diana Rigg and Lou Gossett sleepwalking through their roles on their way to a paycheck. They could have done better.

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South Africa | USA



Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Good Man in Africa See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,144,942, 11 September 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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