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Hansie: A True Story (2008)

"How do you start over once you have betrayed a nation's trust?" The news of Hansie Cronjé's involvement with Indian bookmakers and his resulting public confession rocked the international ... See full summary »


Dylan Ben-Israel (screenplay), Frans Cronjé


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Rautenbach ... Hansie Cronjé
Sarah Thompson ... Bertha Cronjé
Matthew Dylan Roberts ... Joe Dawson
Leslie Mongezi Leslie Mongezi ... Kopano's father
Eric Nobbs Eric Nobbs ... Ewie Cronjé
Sybel Coetzee Sybel Coetzee ... San-Marie Cronjé
Brandon Auret ... Frans Cronjé
Tinarie van Wyk Loots Tinarie van Wyk Loots ... Hester (Cronjé) Parsons
Candice D'Arcy Candice D'Arcy ... René Cronjé
Rajit Kapoor ... Prakash
Rajesh Gopie Rajesh Gopie ... Rakesh
Dane Vilas Dane Vilas ... Allan Donald
Ray McCauley Ray McCauley ... Himself (as Pastor Ray McCauley)
Dawid Minnaar Dawid Minnaar ... Johan Volsteedt
Andre Jacobs ... Dr. Ali Bacher


"How do you start over once you have betrayed a nation's trust?" The news of Hansie Cronjé's involvement with Indian bookmakers and his resulting public confession rocked the international sporting community. An unprecedented rise to glory was followed by the most horrific fall. A tarnished hero fueled the nation's fury. Hansie, once South African cricket's golden boy, had been stripped of everything he had held dear: a glorious captaincy, the support of his former team mates and the respect of a nation. In its place the stinging rejection of cricket administrators and the humiliating dissection of his life on international television, made his retreat into depression inevitable. Hansie's bravest moment in finally confessing his involvement with bookies had suddenly become a tightening noose around his neck. Hansie explores the very human drama of a man who, after losing everything he has worked for, begins the painstaking journey back to choosing "life". The journey is cathartic. We ... Written by Angela Swinney

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The legacy of a hero, the story of a man


Biography | Drama | Sport




South Africa



Release Date:

26 September 2008 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Weg der Wahrheit: Eine wahre Geschichte See more »


Box Office


$7,900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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25 October 2009 | by koos_uysSee all my reviews

I was never a great Hansie fan, mainly because I am not that interested in sports. However, it is a intriguing story and I decided to watch the DVD to hopefully learn more of the story than what was generally published in the main stream media.

In short, except for some nice camera work, the movie was a serious disappointment in just about every other aspect.

Although Frank Rautenbach probably delivered the best performance so far of his career, I am not hopeful that he will ever be in the league of Marius Wyers or Gys de Villiers for example. I would say this is the very minimum that one can expect from a professional actor.

Why they decided to use the American actress, Sarah Thompson to play the role of Bertha, is not clear. We have more than enough pretty blond local actresses that could fill this position perfectly. She was insipid to say at the least and her accent was a major disturbance. I could not else but to wonder what the real Bertha is like.

The movie totally fails to keep one's attention and I spend a lot of time forwarding scenes. It would be torture to watch it in a cinema.

Probably the biggest disappointment, is the fact the movie did not add a single piece of information that was not available in main stream media. I would say one of the logical main objectives would be to try and answer at least some of the many questions people had about it all.

For a high budget film in any local terms, they should have done much better.

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