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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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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 ... 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,413, 23 March 1997

Gross USA:

$42,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,056
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

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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Excellent, well-produced documentary
24 January 2006 | by gkar2025See all my reviews

This is one of the better historical documentaries that I have seen in awhile covering any subject. Producing a documentary on Nelson Mandela is a rather formidable undertaking, and I believe that the filmmakers prove to be up to the task. The film portrays Mandela not as a saint, but as a human being -- yes sometimes egotistical, but steadfast throughout his struggle. One of the most memorable parts of the film (edited marvelously) for me was the section describing the Sharpeville massacre (including actual footage) and how this event was key in turning Mandela from non-violence to armed struggle. Also powerful is the coverage of Mandela's first trial on treason. Not only is footage woven in with interviews of key colleagues of Mandela, but one can see from the interview subjects that the fight against apartheid in South Africa was not merely a black versus white struggle. The struggle, in fact, encompassed a number of different ethnicities -- even Afrikkaners.

There is a fair share of South African music throughout the film, and I believe that it helps to punctuate the emotions of the time and bring the viewer closer to the subjects of the documentary.

If there is any criticism I have of the film, it is that I would have liked to see more on Mandela's interaction (or sometimes, lack of) with Bishop Desmond Tutu. Tutu stood for non-violence throughout, and may have been as important as Mandela and the ANC in forcing the issue of apartheid.

Overall, this film is far better than most historical documentaries (and I have seen my fair share of bad ones!).


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