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Lumumba (English-dubbed) (2001)

Eriq Ebouaney , Alex Descas , Raoul Peck  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié, Maka Kotto, Dieudonné Kabongo
  • Directors: Raoul Peck
  • Writers: Raoul Peck, Dan Edelstein, Pascal Bonitzer
  • Producers: Arlette Zylberberg, Diana Elbaum, Georges Goldenstern, Jacques Bidou
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Lingala
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPHL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lumumba (English-dubbed)" on IMDb

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Made in the tradition of such true-life political thrillers as MALCOLM X and JFK, Raoul Peck's award-winning LUMUMBA is a gripping epic that dramatizes for the first time the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patrice Lumumba. When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old, self-educated Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the newly independent state. Called "the politico of the bush" by journalists of the day, he became a lightning rod of Cold War politics as his vision of a united Africa gained him powerful enemies in Belgium and the U.S. Lumumba would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated. Strikingly photographed in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Belgium as civil war once again raged in the Congo, the film vividly re-creates the shocking events behind the birth of the country that became Zaire during the reign of Lumumba's former friend and eventual nemesis, Joseph Mobutu. This is the English-dubbed version of the film.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the subtitled Special Edition version October 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
First off, Lumumba is an exciting, dramatic film that I recommend very highly.
However, this version of the DVD in addition to being dubbed into English, is censored in at least one place. Toward the end, at a moment crucial to a historical understanding of the role of other countries (including the U.S.) in sealing Lumumba's fate, the name of the United States official is actually beeped out on the soundtrack. Why? Did it have something to do with this being the version aired on HBO?
Of course, it's possible that there are other instances of censorship on this DVD that I'm unaware of.
I'd recommend getting the subtitled Special Edition. The price isn't THAT much more and it has some good special features that make the higher price worth it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Although it's quite likely that some artistic liberty has been taken with the facts, I viewed this with my "general state of affairs of colonialized African countries" goggles.
In that regard, it's a gripping tale that shows some of the horrible footprints left behind by colonialism mixed with other pre-existing tribal aspects of the local societies, not to mention the Cold War. That indictment is what stood out when I watched it, and it's eye-opening for those who've not lived in Africa.
Since this is a review of the DVD, and not just the movie, my only disappointment is that those of us with HDTV/widescreen capable TVs/projectors will notice the poor quality of this DVD. I watched Lumumba for the first time at a film festival a couple of years ago, and was looking forward to having a good quality copy on DVD.
Unfortunately, it's been *letterboxed* to shrink the widescreen format into a 4:3 frame. I wish they had used a true anamorphic widescreen transfer that would make fuller use of a 16:9 aspect ratio/resolution. In that sense the cover text "luminous new widescreen transfer" is misleading.
At least the Special Edition is subtitled, and not dubbed or censored (from what I've read of the other version), so that's one plus for this specific edition of the DVD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A part of African history everyone should know about January 25, 2005
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this movie very much. Accoring to most available literature, this movie is historically accurate. Peck is a well respected director and seems to have done a good job presenting the truth. Lumumba is an icon in African history and he represents the hope and optimism of post-colonial Africa. His death was a tragedy and it leads us to wonder "What if...". This is an important chapter in modern African history and we are lucky that such a well-made movie has helped tell this story to the world.

PS. Frank Carlucci's (the second secretary in the U.S. embassy in Kinshasa at the time) name is bleeped out in some versions because his lawyers pressured the film's distributors to remove all reference to him. He of course denies involvement in the assassination of Lumumba. Peck has stated that he has strong reason to believe his movie to be accurate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE 180-MINUTE VERSION!!! June 24, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Despite what it says in the Amazon.com advertisement, this DVD is NOT the full 180-minute version of "Lumumba." In fact, at 109 minutes, this version is actually six minutes shorter than the "Special Edition," (also Region 1), that is listed at 115 minutes. The sleeve for this version also claims to have an English-language soundtrack, but it does not. It does have English-language subtitles to go with the French soundtrack, however. The sleeve for this version claims that it its aspect ration is 1:2.35, but that does not appear to be true, either--the aspect ratio appears to be 1:1.85, the same as the Special Edition. Because the Special Edition contains many extras--including excepts from R. Peck's excellent documentary "Lumumba: Death of a Prophet," it is clearly the better choice for anyone who wants to purchase a DVD of this film right now. Ideally, however, we should press for a release of the full 3-hour version of this film, preferably packaged together with the FULL documentary "Lumumba: Death of a Prophet." Now THAT would be a package worth paying extra for! The 2 stars above reflect the several misrepresentations associated with this particular DVD release, not the film itself, which is very good, albeit in this version in an unnecessarily truncated form.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important subject matter, a bit hard to follow June 18, 2004
Format:DVD
I would recommend this film, but couched in the warning that I found it a bit hard to follow. There are a lot of characters - the various political figures - and sometimes it's hard to keep them all straight. It's definitely important subject matter though - an interesting glimpse into the colonial forces that shaped modern Africa and the struggles that continue today in many of its troubled nations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Story, Excellent Film April 2, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is an excellent in its depiction of Mr. Lumumba. Strong, sensitive and committed to his people this movie depicted a strong man senselessly murdered after betrayal by his own countrymen. Mr. Ebouaney's performance was Oscar worthy! This is a must see movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lumumba July 20, 2007
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Raoul Peck's political thriller vibrates with tension, as we see how Lumumba's rise to prominence was punctuated by some extremely rough handling by the prior regime, and that once in power, his respite from such brutal treatment would be tragically short. Ebouaney is electric as the fiery, defiant Lumumba, a man whose worst sin was not sensing and neutralizing the treacherous forces surrounding him. This tight, involving film packs a wallop in reviving a disturbing chapter in Africa's turbulent history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disatisfaction
I disliked the Lumumba DVD because you sent me a wrong DVD, I bought Lumumba Death of a Prophet by Raoul Peck
Published 8 months ago by Bongani Mbatha
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I've read about Patrice Lumumba but never knew anything about him and this movie gives me just what I wanted,
Published 9 months ago by Gregory Norflee
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling movie on the life of one man, and the nature of humankind
Incredibly moving film that left me close to tears in multiple places. Couldn't sleep after watching it, and it continues to haunt me. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by FlowerPower
4.0 out of 5 stars A man in over his head.
When Belgium granted the Congo independence in 1960 it ended a period of colonization which saw the huge territory ruthlessly exploited (at least during the first decades of... Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by James D. Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I loved it. The only part that was missing was his early life and explaining what led him to become the great man he was.
Published on February 24, 2011 by Andre Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Rigid format
I cannot see this DVD on my TV, it seems that the problem is about the format of the DVD. The DVD must have been formated for Region 1 instead of Region 2 which correspond to... Read more
Published on October 4, 2010 by Bomboma Diokgbéne
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable film
I loved this movie, I have watched it over and over, there is so much to learned from the strenth and character of the actors. I loved the book and now I love watching the film.
Published on August 2, 2010 by Daniel Kyles
1.0 out of 5 stars a tapestery of lies
Raoul Peck seems to be have been troubled by the facts of his subjects life so he made up his own. This film is basically untruth from beginning to end. Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by Mark bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Lumumba
At the least this film is a cold shower to your heart & soul, to stir & aliven your sensory skills, to the awareness of families strengthened by power of love and intense... Read more
Published on May 8, 2007 by N. Clairmont
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