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The Bang Bang Club (2010)

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A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.


Steven Silver


Steven Silver, Greg Marinovich (based on the book by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... Greg Marinovich
Malin Akerman ... Robin Comley
Taylor Kitsch ... Kevin Carter
Neels van Jaarsveld Neels van Jaarsveld ... João
Frank Rautenbach ... Ken
Nina Milner Nina Milner ... Samantha
Jessica Haines Jessica Haines ... Allie
Lika Berning Lika Berning ... Vivian (as Lika van den Bergh)
Kgosi Mongake Kgosi Mongake ... Patrick
Russel Savadier ... Ronald
Patrick Shai Patrick Shai ... Pegleg
Alfred Kumalo Alfred Kumalo ... Alf Khumalo (as Alf Khumalo)
Craig Palm Craig Palm ... Amir
Nick Boraine ... Colin
Patrick Lyster ... Jim


A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Kevin Carter's daughter Megan Carter is featured in the bar scene where she turns around and says 'you must be Ken Oosterbroek'. Standing next to her there is Kevin Carter's step daughter Sian Lloyd. See more »


In the film Kevin Carter plays the song "Just" by Radiohead on his radio show. However the song was released in 1995 after Kevin's death. See more »


Kevin Carter: They're right. All those people who say it's our job to just sit and watch people die. They're right.
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Crazy Credits

Photos of the five main characters are juxtaposed against photos of their real life counterparts. See more »


Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.81 (2011) See more »


Pale Blue Eyes
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
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A film about combat photographers, not politics
16 January 2016 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I avoided this film for a long time because it was set in South Africa and I thought it was going to be political. Instead it is more about the combat photographers that live and work in these zones, witnesses to all kinds of nasty things, but tasked with observing and taking pictures only.

The film has a good cast, but considering it is based on a book written by two of the photographers - one played by Ryan Phillippe, it is strange that the most visible character is Taylor Kitsch's, who steals the show with his acting.

The direction and writing of the film were a little bland, though, less ambitious than the subject of the movie. I wonder if it was intentional, as to show more of the perspective of the original book. Even so, we start with these musketeers of the camera, but we never understand why they got to doing what they're doing and so most of the time we couldn't care less what happens to them.

The change comes at the end, when two of the group die and we are faced with the pain of their friends and loved ones, but it comes too late and on the background of Black people finding their children murdered and having to let photographers in to take account. It felt artificial and condescending, so that is why I rated this film merely average. Otherwise, an interesting story and word watching.

One thing intrigued me: from the few IMDb comments for this film, there is none from South Africa, so they must have done something wrong with the movie.

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Release Date:

22 July 2011 (South Africa) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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