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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.


Donovan Marsh


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

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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)


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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Release Date:

3 December 2010 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Spud Milton: Med ørerne i maskinen See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (35 mm version)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Mom: He sings like and angel. Aren't you my china plate?
[pinches Spud's cheek]
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Followed by Spud 3: Learning to Fly (2014) See more »


Big Boss
Written by Ed Jordan
Performed by John Cleese
Published by Vuvuzela Filmworks (Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Pty) Ltd)
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Spud- unique, touching and funny... off to the madness continues!
2 December 2010 | by Barney123See all my reviews

I read the book Spud, a good 4 years ago and therefore have a very vague memory of what actually happened. But I can never forget the laughter it gave me and an awe of the crazy world Spud finds himself in.

I came into this movie, with a very positive attitude but with a clear perception in my mind that you should not compare the book to the movie, how can a one and a half hour movie encompass all what the book has to show and the story it tells. It is an impossibility, I accepted that and tried to watch the movie with a clear mind and a unbias approach (being a south African) to the film. This film is being released overseas next year. Therefore I am judging this movie not as a South Afican film, but an international one. Is it truly a good film, does it work? Well, yes it is and it does. In this review I will not mention the book again. This is a review based purely on a film...called Spud.

This Movie is shown, through the eyes and ears of John Milton- aka Spud. With the audience hearing his voice/ his thoughts. Spud tells us his story, we are guided through the movie with his voice explaining to us the ins and outs of his world. This by itself is unique, it immediately attaches us closely to spud and by the end of the first scene you are already feeling emotionally attached to the character. This technique is used extensively throughout the film, but only as a tool to help the audience become familiar with the circumstances surrounding spud. Crucially this is not overused which allows the movie to flow.

The characters in the film are strong and generally well cast. With two notable performances. Firstly the guv being played by none other than John Cleese. He is as you would expect, brilliant and funny. But it is the unexpected and sincere emotional portrayal he gives to the guv that makes it so special, so human. Troye Sivan who plays spud, is ultimately, well how do I put this... spectacular. It is his performance which makes this movie so good. His Facial expressions and the emotions he feels flows from the screen into our brain, into our hearts instantaneously. It is truly something special, something out of the ordinary. A Spud we can all be proud of.

This movie is of course funny, with many laughs traveling around the cinema. But its a movie with so much more than that, so much more than a cheap laugh. With all this being said, this movie as it stands so far in this review deserves a 10/10 but then why did I give it an 8? I must say not everything works in the movie, Character development of many important characters was very little and unmeaningful. Spuds interaction on a personal level with the crazy 8 was less then I would of liked and due to the book and thus the movie, the climax was, disappointing.The singing was prerecorded, which may make it sound better but also unnatural, not something I would of preferred.

Even with that being said, as a whole this film works and it works well. It deserves to be seen, to be enjoyed.Its Something Different, something special. May the Madness continue :D and may the tickets sell.

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