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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 ... 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 ... 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 »


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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:

Hot Stuff See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,012,000, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:

$4,299,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,710,236
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The title is the name of the first major label album from Bob Marley & The Wailers. See more »

Quotes

Obadi: Are you ready to die!
Rebels: Yes, commander!
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Referenced in Tavis Smiley: Episode dated 26 October 2006 (2006) See more »

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Catches Some Sparks
6 October 2007 | by ClaytonDavisSee all my reviews

Philip Noyce's politically charged thriller starring Academy Award winner Tim Robbins and Derek Luke is brilliant and striking picture. When Patrick Chamusso (Luke) is wrongfully charged with terrorist charges and his family violently offended by the leader of the operation Nik Vos, (Robbins) Patrick joins the rebellion to fight against the regime.

As the film touches on the many tones of politics, racism, and economic problems in South Africa, the emotional and dramatic quality of the film is the beauty of it. While the screenplay has flaws in character arc, the film is as beautiful as it is tragic. Derek Luke puts forth the best performance of his short career and is on his way to many potent and demanding roles in the future. His humanity and heroism shown in Patrick carries the film on his shoulders and when years pass, this will be film we will remember Luke's breakout turn besides Antwone Fisher.

Tim Robbins brings forth a frightening turn with his spot on accent but is a little distracting and a miscast. With no direction for his character to go, many questions are left unanswered and frustrates the viewer. He still shows us he is one of the best working actors today when put in the right role.

Bonnie Henna who puts forth an admirable effort as the supportive wife, "Precious," leaves the audience a bit disenchanted but has the strong will that makes the viewer worry for her. While Patrick is training and gets his codename, "Hotstuff" in which the film is adapted from of the same title, Henna is given enough screen time to run with her role and soar.

Noyce creates some great cinematic moments with Luke but I have to say, I give Luke much of the credit. He completely engulfed himself in his role. His charm and charisma is his strongest attribute and lets the film succeed as much as it can. The film however never really "catches fire" rather sparks up all over the place.

Grade: ***/****


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