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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 »
8 nominations. See more awards »





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 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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Sometimes you get too close See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]


Canada | South Africa


English | Zulu | Xhosa | Afrikaans

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Fotógrafos de la muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


When Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva are reviewing Kevin Carter's film of the vulture and child, the negatives they view through the magnifier are actually halftone images, not normal negatives that one would be examining before publication. (Halftones are the "dotted" images used to print photographs in newspapers and magazines, etc.) 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 »


References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Bang Bang
Written by Joe Cuba and Jimmy Sabater
Performed by Joe Cuba
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Good film about dangerous photographer's working
2 June 2013 | by OJTSee all my reviews

I'm afraid I had this in my shelf for 2 years before I saw it, and that us a travesty in it's self. This is the best photographer-film I ever saw, and it's even a true story. Journalism is of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and photographers have to be even closer to the horrific events which occur around in the world. They are obliged to refer and make proof of what's happening.

Directed by the South African Steven Silver, this Canadian/South African film is based in a book, "The bang-bang club", a true story about four journalists working in South Africa, photographing civilian war there, during Apartheid. It's a film which tells a story, gives out the dilemmas, and moral issues in a well played movie. Biggest star, Ryan Phillippe, does once again a great main role. He has no problems carrying this on his shoulders.

This film deserves a bigger audience than it's had. Casting Ryan Phillippe is a smart thing her, giving the film some of it's international audience. And I hope it'll continue. Because this is a very good a realistically told movie. Way better than a Hollywood production would have told it, though I would have been seen of tenfolds more.

As a teacher in media, I would recommend this as a fine media film. Not only about photographing and journalism in dangerous situations around the world, but also as a film showing the dilemma, moral questions involved as well as a good told filmed story. It basically tells that this kind of journalism and photographing is not for everyone.

Photo technically th film learns you some, but it tells more about editing and the media's use of photographers and pictures, even when they don't dare to tell the truth, and when they compete, and try to take credit, even when they where too afraid to use the material early on. Also the very difficult dilemma if a journalist should interfere in a situation or not when able to do so.

The film overall works well. It loses a little tension from time to time, seen as a thriller, but then it is a drama. Maybe a tiny little too much focus on a love story, but for some this will add to the story what they need to enjoy the film fully. It's sometime brutal, but it tells the truth. Brutally honest.

Th rating here on IMDb is too low. In my opinion this should have has a rating of 7,2-7,5 compared to other films in this landscape. I, go myself, think it's a clear 8/10. Recommended!

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