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A Good Man in Africa


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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Colin Friels, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Louis Gossett, Jr.
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: William Boyd
  • Producers: John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PSH6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Good Man in Africa" on IMDb

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Academy Award(r) winner Sean Connery heads an all-star cast in A Good Man in Africa - a wickedly funny comedy about sex, power and colliding cultures. Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with Celia (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), wife of corrupt Kinjanjan presidential candidate Sam Adekunle (Academy Award(r) winner Louis Gossett Jr.). As punishment, Leafy is forced into bribing an official who has voted down a project that stands to make Adekunle very rich. Leafy thinks he's gotten off easy... until he learns the lone holdout is none other than Kinjanja's own brick wall of integrity, Dr. Alex Murray (Connery). Meanwhile, Leafy must also contend with his absurdly stuffy boss Fanshawe (John Lithgow), Fanshawe's lusty wife (Diana Rigg) and their luscious, too friendly daughter! Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "a grand party with wonderful guests!," this wildly witty satire is your invitation to "incorruptible" entertainment.

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It has an excellent cast, great plot, perfect comedic timing.
Darren J. Mcleod
Diana Rigg and Sean Connery in the same film is a can't miss and Colin Friels was their equal, every performance from all the actors was just fantastic.
Frank E. Petruzzini
This movie just sort of lays there for a while (too long a while) and then just dies.
Dennis M. Hannon

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1999
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This is a smart and funny movie, with a wonderful lead performance by Bruce Beresford, who I've never seen act anywhere else. This movie got trashed in almost every review I've come across, except "Playboy Magazine" who gave the movie a rave review. I have to say, I think "Playboy" was right, and all the other reviewers were wrong. I lived in Africa for a year when I was a boy, and this movie captures what it is like to live in Africa; I felt like I was in a time machine, taking me back to my Africa days. Sean Connery's part is small, but he is first-rate, as always. This movie is an over-looked gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank E. Petruzzini on September 16, 2008
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This was a great film to watch. The acting was excellent all the way through the film. Diana Rigg and Sean Connery in the same film is a can't miss and Colin Friels was their equal, every performance from all the actors was just fantastic. I wish this was on DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
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This was a good comedy that I enjoyed. If you have lived in a developing country it is funny. I enjoyed the silly oversexed diplomat (who wasn't far off the mark of some single diplomats around the world), the ambassador, who was really hilarious and the myths the Africans believed. It is all good light hearted humour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren J. Mcleod on April 28, 2010
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I'm so glad this finally became available on DVD in North America. My wife and I absolutely love this film. It has an excellent cast, great plot, perfect comedic timing. The acting is superb, the writing terrific, the great lines... "Innocence is dead!", "Don't touch it!", "G'evening Dutchess". It's sooo funny, to me it's right up there with "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", for gut wrenching laughs. I have no idea why it got bad reviews. I never read the book, maybe that's part of it. If you haven't read the book get this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2003
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I love this movie.
Why isn't it out on DVD?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shoreman on June 10, 2014
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The movie version of "A Good Man in Africa" isn't bad, but the book version is better. First of all, by buying and reading the book, you will get the benefit of William Boyd's artistry with words, which is considerable. (You may even acquire a taste for his fiction, which can be satisfied by reading his many other fine novels and his short story collection.) Another advantage you'll gain by reading the book is access to the full story--plot, setting, and character development--which necessarily is somewhat curtailed in the movie version. Nevertheless, I do want to recommend the latter as an excellent comic film, with a cast of characters that includes some big names-- Sean Connery, Diana Rigg, Lou Gossett, Jr., and John Lithgow--and a less well-known one (at least to me), Colin Friels, who plays the hapless 'hero' of the story, Morgan Leafy. The plot is fast-paced and pits British greed (for oil rights) against African guile and political ambition in the person of Professor Sam Adekunle (Lou Gossett, Jr.). Morgan Leafy, who is employed by the British High Commission (i.e., embassy), finds himself in the role of go-between and thus on the receiving end of equally impossible orders from his ambassador (John Lithgow) and Professor Adekunle. Meanwhile Morgan manages to get sexually involved with a wide social spectrum of women: his local (Black) girlfriend, Hazel; the ambassador's daughter, Priscilla; Adekunle's wife, Celia; and (nearly) even the ambassador's wife, Chloe (Diana Rigg). Hovering over Morgan throughout his trials--which include a venereal dose and an episode of body snatching--is Dr. Alex Murray (Sean Connery), a good man in Africa and a sort of strict parent stand-in and moral guide to the much-in-need-of-same Morgan Leafy. Altogether, a very entertaining film. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Trask on January 21, 2014
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This movie kept me in stitches from beginning to end! The first time I saw Colin Friels in a movie role, but he was just too funny, as was all the other stars! Check out Colin Friels dressed up as Santa, what a hoot! If you love to laugh, you've got to watch this movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms D Paulett on February 26, 2011
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This film is surprisingly true to the book - although it is synopsis rather than a complete dramatisation.
Sean Connery is very well cast as the doctor - the other main characters are more glamorous than in William Boyd's book.
As the screen play is by William Boyd this is probably why it does work well as a film.
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