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Goodbye Bafana (2007)

GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Bille August, Bob Graham (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Fiennes ... James Gregory
Dennis Haysbert ... Nelson Mandela
Diane Kruger ... Gloria Gregory
Patrick Lyster ... Major Pieter Jordaan
Shiloh Henderson Shiloh Henderson ... Brent Gregory
Tyrone Keogh ... Brent Gregory
Megan Smith Megan Smith ... Natasha Gregory
Jessica Manuel Jessica Manuel ... Natasha Gregory
Faith Ndukwana Faith Ndukwana ... Winnie Mandela
Terry Pheto ... Zindzi Mandela
Leslie Mongezi Leslie Mongezi ... Walter Sisulu
Zingizile Mtuzula Zingizile Mtuzula ... Raymond Mhlaba (as Zingi Mtuzula)
Mehboob Bawa Mehboob Bawa ... Ahmed Kathrada
Shakes Myeko Shakes Myeko ... Andrew Mlangeni
Sizwe Msutu Sizwe Msutu ... Cyril Ramaphosa
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Storyline

James Gregory once lived in a farm and had befriended a native youth, Bafana, and had even had a photograph taken with him. Years later, now married to Gloria and father of three children (Chris, Brett, and Natasha), James has nothing but shame and regret, as many South African Caucasians in the oppressive Apartheid-era ridiculed him, leading him to hate Africans. He seeks to redeem himself by spying on imprisoned African National Congress Leader, Nelson Mandela. In the restrictive high security prison his job is to censor all written and verbal communications between prisoners, their visitors, and correspondence. James is uncomfortable when he witnesses Caucasian police and security officers' brutality against civilians, including infants, and tries to understand why Nelson became a rebel. This leads him to examine the 'Freedom Charter', a banned document, reportedly known to incite violence against 'whites'. And when he does read this document, he changes his mind about Nelson's ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard


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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Xhosa

Release Date:

11 April 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Color of Freedom See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When the car explodes in front of an office building after two officers walk by, the blast should have shattered the office windows (and there are sounds of breaking glass), yet they remain intact. See more »

Quotes

Nelson Mandela: I have not touched my wife in twenty-one years.
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Connections

Followed by Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Nkosi Sikelel' Iafrika
Song by Enoch Santonga
Lyrics by Enoch Santonga and Samuel Mqhayi
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thought provoking and inspirational
3 April 2007 | by antoniotiernoSee all my reviews

This film, based on two very important men, is emotional and sincere but overall it is believable, every single moment is significant and told gracefully. A real life movie based is supposed to be precise without getting too much into detail - otherwise it turns boring - and so is "Goodbye Bafana", documenting 27 years in the life of this prison guard. Things and events described in the motion picture heat up gradually, the leading actors are simply outstanding so that the two hours runtime seems much shorter than it is. Haysbert is terrific, even more than Fiennes and they're both superb for their parts, with them each moment becomes increasingly more touching


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