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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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


C'mon C'mon
Written and Produced by Nalle Karlsson
Performed by Aardvark Empire
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6 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This film was truly inspiring. It really changed my view on malaria, and really put into perspective how my life differs to others. Poor children are dying because of this horrible disease, and this film captures the awareness brilliantly. We are truly lucky to have live the lives we live, and this film proves that. I now put myself in others shoes before I react upon occurrences in my own life. Also, it meant a lot to me, because my mum knows "Ben's" mum, in real life. So having the thought in the back of my mind, that this story is true, really strengthens the realism. Yes, it makes it more sad, but all the more inspiring. The film is so well put together, and really thumps you with a whirlwind of emotion and sympathy. A very sad, but brilliant film. A must watch.

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