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Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 2014 (USA)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director:

Biyi Bandele

Writers:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (novel), Biyi Bandele (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thandie Newton ... Olanna
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Odenigbo
Anika Noni Rose ... Kainene
Joseph Mawle ... Richard
John Boyega ... Ugwu
Onyeka Onwenu Onyeka Onwenu ... Mama
Babou Ceesay ... Okeoma
Susan Wokoma ... Amala
Jude Orhorha Jude Orhorha ... Harrison
Genevieve Nnaji ... Miss Adebayo
Gloria Young Gloria Young ... Aunty Ifeka
Tina Mba Tina Mba ... Mrs. Ozobia
Wale Ojo ... Chief Okonji
Ayo Lijadu Ayo Lijadu ... Professor Ezeka
Naya Amobi Naya Amobi ... Arize
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Storyline

Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Divided by war. United by love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Website

Country:

Nigeria | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half a Yellow Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Nigeria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NGN 1,270,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,843, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,645, 8 August 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered at Toronto's International Film Festival. See more »


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Santa Baby
Written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer
Performed by Eartha Kitt
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I was not impressed
9 September 2014 | by oo-onigbanjoSee all my reviews

My 2 cents......... if you want to do a movie about Nigerians, why should you work with a foreign cast? I may be wrong, but i think the director would have done better with an all- Nigerian cast. They would have interpreted their roles better. For Pete's sakes, this is a story about a civil war! I have a major problem with the cast. Thandie Newton was so so not fluid at all; Anika Noni Rose was OK; but the major disappointment I saw in the movie is from Chiwetel Ejiofor of "12 Years a Slave" I believe he did not put in half his best at all. The whole thing boils down to the directing. It lacked depth. But I believe there is still room for change and they can do better than this parody of a best selling book turned movie. And yes! i read the book and I am saying that if you have read the book, watch the movie, only if you can look past the passive acting and bad direction. i give it a 6


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