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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Steven Silver

Writers:

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 ... 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
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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.

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 taken by the real photographers, including portraits of each other, are used as a backdrop during the first section of the credits. The taking of some of these photographs is portrayed in the film itself. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.14 (2011) See more »

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Button Your Lip
Written by Carl Raubenheimer
Performed by Illegal Gathering
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Amazing cinematography, a good movie that should have been great
8 November 2014 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

This was a pretty good movie that should have been great. Somehow though it just missed capturing the real spirit of the combat photographers, so that I was left feeling kind of meh about the whole experience. Its been based on the true story of four photojournalists who put their lives on the line to capture the fall of apartheid in the late 1990's.

I think the true character of the men just got overshadowed here by the horrors they were shooting and some random, thrown in love scenes. Ryan Phillippe's accent left something to be desired too.

The cinematography is amazing though, violent and vibrant and really made me wonder how they got some of the shots they did. Carter's (Taylor Kitsch) photo of the vulture and the starving child ...Wow! That's not something I'm going to forget anytime soon. 07.13


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Country:

Canada | South Africa

Language:

English | Zulu | Xhosa | Afrikaans

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bang Bang Club See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,292
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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