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Follows Nelson Mandela, from his early protests against racial discrimination, to his election as South Africa's first Democratically elected leader.

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Angus Gibson, Jo Menell
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Patrick Shai Patrick Shai ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Nelson Mandela ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Bizos George Bizos ... Himself
Pieter Willem Botha Pieter Willem Botha ... Himself (archive footage) (as P.W. Botha)
Pik Botha Pik Botha ... Himself (archive footage)
F.W. de Klerk F.W. de Klerk ... Himself (archive footage)
Jessie Duarte Jessie Duarte ... Herself
Winnie Mandela ... Herself (as Nomzamo Winnie Mandela)
Zindzi Mandela ... Herself (archive footage)
Fatima Meer Fatima Meer ... Herself
Anthony Sampson Anthony Sampson ... Himself
Walter Sisulu Walter Sisulu ... Himself
Desmond Tutu ... Himself (archive footage) (as Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
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Follows Nelson Mandela, from his early protests against racial discrimination, to his election as South Africa's first Democratically elected leader.

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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This was culled from over 200 hours of original footage and 100 hours of archive material. It was made with the complete co-operation of Nelson Mandela. See more »

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Followed by Mandela and de Klerk (1997) See more »

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affecting bio
23 April 2003 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

This is an interesting but glossy bio, with great music and some peculiar details. Mandela himself, describing the teenage group circumcision rites, made my hair stand on end. It also describes how his marriages were splintered by his political pursuits. But overall it's a little too feel-good to be extremely valuable. If you don't know his story, watch this to see how a strong ego tempered with gentility can save a stressed-out country.


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