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In apartheid-ruled South Africa, a renowned lawyer struggles to hide his secret affiliation to the nation's chief resistance movement - as he takes on defending a group of its arrested members, including its leader, Nelson Mandela.

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Jean van de Velde

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Dominic Morgan (screenplay), Matt Harvey (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Paul Muller Peter Paul Muller ... Bram Fischer
Antoinette Louw ... Molly Fischer
José Domingos José Domingos ... Percy Yutar
Conrad Kemp ... Joel Joffe
Sello Motloung Sello Motloung ... Nelson Mandela
Daniel Janks ... George Bizos
Morné Visser ... Officer Dirker
Fezile Mpela Fezile Mpela ... Bruno Mtolo
Willie Esterhuizen Willie Esterhuizen ... Lieutenant Swanepoel
Izel Bezuidenhout ... Ilse Fischer
Hannes Brummer Hannes Brummer ... Bob Hepple
Zak Hendrikz Zak Hendrikz ... Dave Kitson
John-Henry Opperman John-Henry Opperman ... Denis Goldberg
Dan Robbertse Dan Robbertse ... Judge de Wet
Russel Savadier Russel Savadier ... Sir Harry Oppenheimer
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Apartheid is rampant in South Africa, 1963. When ten men are arrested on a farm in Rivonia for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive S. African government, tenacious lawyer Bram Fisher steps up to the challenge as lead counsel. He soon finds that political leader Nelson Mandela is also on trial. Mandela urges his fellow defendants to plead not guilty and shine light on the systemic corruption against the African people. As the outcome of the trial looks bleak, Mandela gives his famous "I'm Prepared to Die" speech, discussing how the ANC's resistance is justified. But will Mandela's impassioned speech save these men's lives? Written by Teaser-Trailer.com

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Language:

Afrikaans | English | Zulu

Release Date:

1 March 2017 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Rivonia: An Act of Defiance See more »

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South Africa

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Actor Tumisho Masha was one of the two final candidates for playing Nelson Mandela (he had already played Mandela in Mandela's Gun (2016)), but his fee was too high (almost four times the film's budget, according to director Jean van de Velde), so Sello Motloung was chosen. Van de Velde later learned that had made the right choice, when Masha was arrested for domestic abuse, a controversy that would have undoubtedly hurt the movie. See more »

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Good movie telling the story of the Rivonia Trial
21 May 2017 | by LaakbaarSee all my reviews

This historical movie tells the story of the Rivonia Trial, which was conducted in Pretoria in 1963 and 1964. This is the trial in which Nelson Mandela (amongst others) was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage.

The story focuses on the lead counsel for the defendants, Bram Fischer. Fischer's story is an interesting one. He had himself been a member of the Communist party and had played a role in the planning of the sabotage. The defendants saw their actions as political resistance.

We meet Bram Fischer's family and friends. We witness the actions and dialogue of the various personalities in the anti-apartheid movement at this time. All the whites involved -- defendants, their counsel and their prosecutors -- were mostly Jewish. We also see the Afrikaner security forces of the apartheid state, doing their utmost to bring to justice a group they regarded with hatred. We see the details of the trial.

The director did a great job in recreating this particular time and place. I had the feeling that we were being shown a realistic film about life in South Africa at that time. The dialogue is mostly in Afrikaans but with some English. I suppose this easily bilingualism reflects the reality in South Africa. The use of Afrikaans certainly made the movie extraordinarily realistic.

I thought that perhaps the portrayal of the Afrikaner security and justice system was not painted with a light enough touch. They seemed unrelentingly evil. However, I saw this movie with an egte boer, and he did not find it offensive or inaccurate.

The story is interesting and well told in this film. At the end, the film became quite moving. I left the movie with the impression that Bram Fischer was an extraordinary and heroic Afrikaner. I recommend this movie especially if you're interested in learning more about South Africa during this period.


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