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Mary and Martha (2013)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary
... Martha
... Ben
... Peter
Lux Haney-Jardine ... George
Bongo Mbutuma ... Pumelele
Ian Redford ... Charles
... Mary's Father
Nokuthula Ledwaba ... Micaela
Sifiso Sihlangu ... Little Paul
... Kumi
... Patience
... South African Doctor
... Funeral Singer (as Beatrice Miller)
Mangaliso Ngema ... Mozambican Doctor


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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Release Date:

20 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Kämpferin  »

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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 »


Ben: [reading a letter that has just arrived] They said yes. They thought I was brilliant.
Martha: It doesn't actually say that, does it?
Ben: Well, no, but it implies it. the implication of every word is they think I'm totally brilliant.
Martha: [taking the letter from Ben and reading out loud a passage] "Thank you for your application, which we have accepted."
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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 »


References Clash of the Titans (2010) See more »


Written by Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes
Performed by Bea Miller
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Totally inspiring, heartbreaking and brilliant.
2 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I watched this last night and am still thinking about it right now, all the time. The movie is to raise awareness of malaria, which kills children by the dozen each year. The film is extremely touching. It presents a strong mother-son bond for both Mary and George, and Martha and Ben. When tragedy strikes, it is presented in such a way only someone with a heart of stone would not be moved. The acting is of a high-quality -- you can feel exactly what the characters are feeling. Mary's speech towards the end is touching and moving; it gave me goosebumps and produced fresh tears in my eyes. Overall a brilliant film, I would definitely watch it again.

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