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Shepherds and Butchers (2016)

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A lawyer takes on a case of a prison guard in South Africa who is traumatized by the executions he's witnessed.

Director:

Oliver Schmitz

Writers:

Chris Marnewick (novel), Brian Cox (adaptation)
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4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrea Riseborough ... Kathleen Marais
Steve Coogan ... Johan Webber
Inge Beckmann ... John's Sister
Robert Hobbs ... Pierre De Villiers
Carel Nel Carel Nel ... Karel Niemand
Brett Williams ... Tennis partner
Deon Lotz ... Warrant Officer Rautenbach
Garion Dowds ... Leon Labuschagne
Rob van Vuuren Rob van Vuuren ... Prison Medical Officer
Jacques Theron ... Court Usher
Mbulelo Grootboom Mbulelo Grootboom ... Condemned Man
De Klerk Oelofse De Klerk Oelofse ... Eben Christiaan Coetzee
Siya Mayola ... Condemned Man
Marcel van Heerden Marcel van Heerden ... Justice J.P. van Zyl
Nicola Hanekom Nicola Hanekom ... Dr. Schlebusch
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Storyline

SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS follows a jaded lawyer, John Weber (Steve Coogan), who takes on a seemingly hopeless multiple murder case and uncovers scandalous shortcomings in South Africa's capital punishment system as he mounts a defense for a prison guard traumatized by the executions he took part in.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing and violent content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Garion Dowds attended Reddam House school in Bedfordview, South Africa, where his mother teaches Drama. See more »

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Angels
Written by Barry Gibb, Steve Gibb and Ashley Gibb
Performed by Vusi Mahlasela and Barry Gibb
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A hidden gem
20 April 2020 | by paul-rose7-246-61823See all my reviews

An excellent thought provoking film. Another great performance by Steve Coogan surely an understated serious actor who grows with every role.


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Country:

South Africa | USA | Germany

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

23 March 2017 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hangman: Shepherds and Butchers See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,711
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited VOD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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