As Spud Milton continues his awkward stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life's most important lessons: When dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems. "... See full summary »
Based on the true life story of Bernhard Baatjies who moved from Hanover Park to Cape Town in search of fame and fortune. Before long, however, he found himself immersed in a world of drugs and murder.
Faith is aptly named. She fully believes implicitly that God will protect her through life's journey. Forced to head to Johannesburg to look for work upon the death of her mother, Faith ... See full summary »
It's South Africa, 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. John Milton is a boy from an ordinary background who wins a scholarship to a private school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Surrounded by boys with nicknames like Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home. Along the way Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path to manhood. (The path it seems could be a rather long road). Spud is an only child. He is cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe and a senile granny. His dad is a fervent anti-communist who is paranoid that the family domestic worker is running a shebeen from her room at the back of the family home. His mom is a free spirit and a teenager's worst nightmare, whether it's shopping for Spud's underwear in the local supermarket, or sneaking food into her handbag at ...Written by
The producers and writers originally wanted Hugh Grant to play the role of "The Guv" and pursued him relentlessly. John Cleese ended up accepting the role even though it is not his usual type of film. See more »
The volume control on the TV set is pushed all the way down but you can clearly hear the sound supposedly coming out of the TV set. See more »
He sings like and angel. Aren't you my china plate?
[pinches Spud's cheek]
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OK, I haven't seen the movie yet - heck, I'm only about 2/3 of the way through the book - but I just want to let the SA reviewers know that if the book is any indication, stop worrying about whether international viewers/readers will get it.
All the descriptors and comparisons - coming-of-age, Catch-22, Lord of the Flies - are inadequate. Spud transcends any comparison to become its own unique moment in world history and personal history. It's not only young John Milton's maturing to manhood, but the entire nation's maturing out of apartheid that we see played out here in subtle, powerful parallel.
It's a magnificent, universal story that rings with truth, and I am so very happy my friend Sue, in Cape Town, recommended it.
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