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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.

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Donovan Marsh

Writers:

Donovan Marsh (screenplay), John Van De Ruit (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... The Guv - Mr. Edly
Troye Sivan ... John 'Spud' Milton
Jamie Royal Jamie Royal ... Henry 'Gecko' Barker
Sven Ruygrok ... Rambo
Blessing Xaba Blessing Xaba ... Fatty
Tom Burne Tom Burne ... Vern 'Rain Main' Blackadder (as Thomas Burne)
Josh Goddard Josh Goddard ... Charlie 'Mad Dog' Hooper
Travis Hornsby Travis Hornsby ... Boggo
Byron Langley ... Simon Brown
Jason Cope ... Sparerib - Mr. Wilson
Genna Blair Genna Blair ... Mermaid - Debbie
Charlbi Dean Kriek ... Amanda (as Charlbi Kriek)
Julie Summers Julie Summers ... Mom
Aaron McIlroy Aaron McIlroy ... Dad
Tanit Phoenix Copley ... Eve - Mrs. Wilson (as Tanit Phoenix)
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Storyline

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 Ross Garland

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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2010 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Spud Milton: Med ørerne i maskinen See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,415,999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mom: He sings like and angel. Aren't you my china plate?
[pinches Spud's cheek]
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Connections

Followed by Spud 2: The Madness Continues (2013) See more »

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Spud's Theme
Written by Ed Jordan
Performed by Ed Jordan
Published by Vuvuzela Filmworks (Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Pty) Ltd)
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magnificent literature
3 July 2013 | by caroldiegoSee all my reviews

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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