After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.


Roland Joffé





Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Desmond Tutu
Eric Bana ... Piet Blomfeld
Jeff Gum ... Francois Schmidt
Morné Visser ... Hansi Coetzee
Thandi Makhubele Thandi Makhubele ... Mrs. Morobe
Terry Norton Terry Norton ... Lavinia
Rob Gough ... Howard Varney
Debbie Sherman ... Linda Coetzee
Osbert Solomons Osbert Solomons ... Mogomat
Warrick Grier Warrick Grier ... Kruger
Nandiphile Mbeshu Nandiphile Mbeshu ... Benjamin
David Butler David Butler ... Governor
Dominika Jablonska ... Forensic Clerk
Shane John Kruger Shane John Kruger ... DTF Officer
Michael MacKenzie Michael MacKenzie ... Young Warder


After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.

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Racist. Prisoner. Murderer. Child of God.



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Rated R for disturbing/violent content, and language throughout including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Michael Ashton adapted the screenplay from the stage play The Archbishop and The Antichrist, which he also wrote. See more »


The Forgiven
Written and Performed by Toni Braxton
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Loved Forest Whitaker in it.
16 March 2018 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

It's one of Forest Whitaker's best performances (but not his best). Similar to Gary Oldman's Oscar winning performance in The Darkest Hour, Whitaker is so engulfed as Desmond Tutu, thanks to both being a great actor and to some make up effects that you forget it's Forest Whitaker (Well, until you see the lazy eye). I must say, although I know who Tutu is I never seen a picture of him and upon seeing one I'm indifferent about the make up effects as it makes Tutu seem like an ugly man, but once again, it's about Whitaker's metamorphism.

The Forgiven is about Tutu after Apartheid ended, under the request of Nelson Mandela, headed up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. During this time he's summoned by a dangerous criminal, played by Eric Bana, to a prison he's in, in hopes of getting clemency for his crimes.

Eric Bana as dangerous criminal, Bloomfield could have used more screen time to be a better adversary for Whitaker's Tutu, it would have just enhanced both performances greatly.

Once again, the Forgiven makes me indifferent about knowledge of other cultures, seeing how black people have so much in common in many different countries, and how I wish some of those similarities were on the positive (but still worth learning).

Though I feel like I learned something about the aftermath of Apartheid and Desmond Tutu (enough to make me want to learn more), the movie is not the best film. It's very formulated and easy to predict. The real shinning light is Forest Whitaker truly becoming someone else on camera.

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9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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South Africa


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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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