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Man to Man (2005)

An epic about anthropologists who hunt and capture pygmies for study back in Europe, in an attempt to illustrate the link between man and ape.

Director:

Régis Wargnier

Writers:

William Boyd, Michel Fessler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Fiennes ... Jamie Dodd
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Elena Van Den Ende
Iain Glen ... Alexander Auchinleck
Hugh Bonneville ... Fraser McBride
Lomama Boseki Lomama Boseki ... Toko
Cécile Bayiha Cécile Bayiha ... Likola
Flora Montgomery ... Abigail McBride
Patrick Mofokeng Patrick Mofokeng ... Zachary
Alistair Petrie ... Beckinsale
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... Comte de Verchemont
Matthew Zajac ... Hector Duncan (as Mathew Zajac)
William McBain William McBain ... Angus
Robin Smith Robin Smith ... Douglas
Theo Landey ... Purvis
Ron Donachie ... Sir Walter Stephenson
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Storyline

1870. Dr. Jamie Dodd is elated : he has finally succeeded in capturing not one, but two pygmies. He brings them to Scotland with the help of Elena Van den Ende, an adventurous woman who sells wild animals to the zoos of Europe. His two anthropologist friends, Alexander and Fraser, and himself are certain they have discovered the missing link, which will make them famous. They start examining the pygmy couple from every angle and Jamie gradually discovers that Toko and Likola are just as sensitive and intelligent as any other homo sapiens. His two colleagues strongly reject this idea as it is glory they are after not the truth. Will Jamie be able to prove the two short people are genuine human beings and not freaks to be shown in a zoo? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

France | South Africa | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek czlowiekowi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$769,223 (France), 22 April 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$223,079, 13 April 2005
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening film for 55th Berlin International Film Festival on February 10, 2005 (world premiere). See more »

Goofs

When Likola shoots Douglas in the cage trap/fight scene, she is using a model 1873 Colt Single Action Army revolver (a.k.a. "The Peacemaker"), an evident mistake since the action is clearly stated to be set in the year 1870. See more »

Quotes

Elena Van Den Ende: You and I would make a great alliance.
Jamie Dodd: Alliance?
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Soundtracks

Three blind mice
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Aspirational and Worthy
17 February 2005 | by commotionpix-2See all my reviews

Yes, this film is perhaps a tad "worthy" and it certainly does aspire to be bigger and more important than it is, however, it is, for all that, vastly more interesting than most Hollywood high street fodder. The film presents some interesting observations on societal issues as well as the central humanistic drama. It excoriates the notion of man's inhumanity,or humanity, towards his fellow man. It is clear from the voting thus far that this film's appeal is largely to the female audience. No bad thing either as it didn't do "The English Patient" and several others any harm did it? I do find the other comments on Joseph Fiennes rather unfair. He plays the character with aplomb. Perhaps that viewer has forgotten the manners and behavioral traits of the period? Whatever it failings, this film is well worth watching. It is well made, looks fine, the acting and script are fine. Just because a few male attendees at the Berlin Film Festival miss the point, don't be swayed. Take a look at this film. Oh yes,I almost forgot... some of the supporting cast are excellent.


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