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Kanarie (2018)

Canary (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Musical, War | July 2018 (USA)
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A coming-of-age war musical about a small town boy who gets chosen to serve his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert group- known as ... See full summary »


Christiaan Olwagen
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Schalk Bezuidenhout Schalk Bezuidenhout ... Johan Niemand
Hannes Otto ... Wolfgang Müller
Germandt Geldenhuys Germandt Geldenhuys ... Ludolf Otterman
Gérard Rudolf ... Reverend Koch
Jacques Bessenger ... Reverend Engelbrecht
Francois Jacobs Francois Jacobs ... Tiaan Taljaard
De Klerk Oelofse De Klerk Oelofse ... Walter (Rambo) Boonzaaier
Ludwig Binge Ludwig Binge ... Daan Goosen
David Viviers David Viviers ... Kevin Scott
Andrico Goosen Andrico Goosen ... RuanRuan (Lobster) Swart
Beer Adriaanse Beer Adriaanse ... Corporal Crunchie
Laudo Liebenberg ... Lourens Human
Geon Nel Geon Nel ... Corporal de Wet
Emile Tredoux Emile Tredoux ... Corporal du Toit
Johan Botha Johan Botha ... Mr. Visser
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A coming-of-age war musical about a small town boy who gets chosen to serve his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert group- known as the "Canaries"- during the height of the Apartheid regime.

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The final song, a mash-up of a chirch hymn and Victims (Culture Club / Boy George) was recorded on set. Compser Charl-Johan Lingenfelder completed the arrangement 2 nights before. See more »

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And so it goes
26 March 2019 | by dibeyenduSee all my reviews

This movie takes us back to the bad old days of the early 80s when being gay filled boys with terror and self loathing. Not very promising as story lines go. What makes it watchable is the setting, which is in a christian choir group in the South African army in the apartheid era. The teenage boys are Bible carrying innocents, constantly bullied by typically horrible army sergeant. They tour the country, bringing solace and cheer to families whose sons are in the army. They're hosted by local families wherever they go, which gives the film a chance to present various facets of South African society. Johan, the main protagonist is redeemed by the music of Culture Club, but he agonises over the fact that Boy George doesn't come out as gay, though his friend Wolfgang assures him he is! Johan and Wolfgang spend nights together but go no further than kissing. And so it goes, on and on.

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