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Mary and Martha (2013)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 20 April 2013
Two mothers lose their sons to malaria.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Mary
Brenda Blethyn ... Martha
Sam Claflin ... Ben
Frank Grillo ... Peter
Lux Haney-Jardine Lux Haney-Jardine ... George
Bongo Mbutuma Bongo Mbutuma ... Pumelele
Ian Redford Ian Redford ... Charles
James Woods ... Mary's Father
Nokuthula Ledwaba Nokuthula Ledwaba ... Micaela
Sifiso Sihlangu Sifiso Sihlangu ... Little Paul
Kagiso Lediga ... Kumi
Zethu Dlomo ... Patience
Katleho Ramaphakela ... South African Doctor
Bea Miller ... Funeral Singer (as Beatrice Miller)
Mangaliso Ngema Mangaliso Ngema ... Mozambican Doctor
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Storyline

Hilary Swank stars as Mary and Brenda Blethyn stars as Martha, an American interior designer and British housewife who have little in common apart from the one thing they wish they didn't. When malaria strikes, the lives of these very different women change forever. They forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process. Enlisting the help of Mary's estranged father, a former politico, the two women beseech both the powers that be and ordinary people to get involved, realizing a shared responsibility to all the world's children. Written by HBO

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Two mothers connected by loss. Inspired by hope.

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Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kämpferin See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

In the local restaurant scene, the waitress speaks in Spanish while serving Mary and her son but Mozambique's official language is Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

George: Did you honestly think that was gonna make it better?
Mary: Yeah, I did.
George: Well, you were wrong. It's hard enough making friends without your mom making enemies.
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Crazy Credits

Mentioned in the End Credits: "Produced with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa, who does not accept any liability for the content and does not necessarily support such content." See more »

Connections

References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

C'mon C'mon
Written and Produced by Nalle Karlsson
Performed by Aardvark Empire
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16 September 2015 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

If people say and tell you this is inspiring, they are not wrong. Based on real events, this is really gripping and without knowing where this was heading (hadn't read anything about it, before I watched it), I really was surprised after about 30 minutes into the film. After that it was kind of obvious where it would go, but the acting and the telling of the story is really good.

Not to mention the central performances. Even if towards the end you get a bit of a "cliche" speech, you'd have to have a heart of stone, not to be touched by it at all. You could also argue about the husband and what he decides to do and how things get "solved", but after all that happened, it seems to be a suiting ending to it all


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