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Catch a Fire (2006)

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A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writer:

Shawn Slovo
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Col. Nic Vos
Derek Luke ... Patrick Chamusso
Bonnie Henna ... Precious Chamusso
Mncedisi Shabangu Mncedisi Shabangu ... Zuko September
Tumisho Masha Tumisho Masha ... Obadi (as Tumisho K. Masha)
Sithembiso Khumalo Sithembiso Khumalo ... Sixpence
Terry Pheto ... Miriam
Michele Burgers Michele Burgers ... Anna Vos
Mpho Lovinga Mpho Lovinga ... Johnny Piliso
Mxo Mxo ... Pete My Baby
Jay Anstey ... Katie Vos (as Jessica Anstey)
Charlotte Savage Charlotte Savage ... Marie Vos
Nomhle Nkonyeni Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Mama Dorothy
Michael Mabizela Michael Mabizela ... Shaven Head Bomber
Eduan van Jaarsveldt Eduan van Jaarsveldt ... Special Branch Sergeant (as Eduan van Jaarsveld)
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Storyline

A political thriller: the real-life story of a South African hero's journey to freedom. In the country's turbulent and divided times in the 1980s, Patrick Chamusso is an oil refinery foreman and soccer coach who is apolitical - until he and his wife Precious are jailed. Patrick is stunned into action against the country's oppressive reigning system, even as police Colonel Nic Vos further insinuates himself into the Chamussos' lives. Written by Focus Features

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It takes one spark for an ordinary man to become a hero. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Zulu | Portuguese

Release Date:

27 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch a Fire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,026,997, 29 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,291,965, 19 November 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robyn Slovo, who is Shawn Slovo's sister, acts as her own mother, Ruth First, in the film. See more »

Quotes

Obadi: Are you ready to die!
Rebels: Yes, commander!
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Connections

Referenced in Tavis Smiley: Episode dated 26 October 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Exodus (Dreams of Freedom) (Bill Laswell Mix)
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd & Tuff Gong International Ltd
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27 February 2007 | by jtur88See all my reviews

As I started watching this movie, I thought Apartheid movies are like Holocaust movies---they are all the same theme repeated over and over again with minor variations. But something about this unfolding picture made me resist the eject button. One factor was, I think, that the Tim Robbins character was magnetically unpredictable. It was hard to predict what kind of a person he would ultimately turn out to be. Secondly, and maybe I missed something at the outset or went in with imperfect knowledge of the circumstances of the film, but only quite late in the picture did I realize that this was a biographical flashback of a national hero. That was refreshing to me. Heroic biopics generally seem to be trying too hard to lionize their subject. And finally, from all aspects of cinematography that a casual user like me can address, the picture was not that badly done. So, if you haven't seen many Apartheid-themed movies and would like to see a decent one, this would be a respectable choice. As a political aside, I found myself hoping that at least a few Americans would watch this picture and say "Hey, that's what we do to suspected terrorists, too!", and consider whether right and wrong are not all that easy to distinguish.


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