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  • Actors: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
  • Directors: Justin Chadwick
  • Writers: William Nicholson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GSBQ2HU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This epic motion picture spans the extraordinary life story of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela (Golden-Globe winner Idris Elba), spanning over seventy years, from his childhood in a rural village through his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa, including his struggle against apartheid and 27 years in jail.

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There's much to like in the film.
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This movie, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, was very moving and it helps to understand the history of South Africa and apartheid.
Cheri
Excellent movie,Excellent story and Excellent acting.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Raw on January 30, 2014
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At the heart of Justin Chadwick's film lies a wondrous central performance by Idris Elba. Although facially unlike Nelson Mandela, he captures the great man's mannerisms and speech-patterns with uncanny accuracy. Throughout his long life, depicted in MANDELA from his humble beginnings as a lawyer to his final accession to the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa in the mid-1990s, he comes across as a devoted family man, who is nonetheless devoted to the nationalist cause. When faced with a choice between domesticity and politics, he inevitably chooses the latter option. This might not necessarily be the best for him, but it is something that he believes he must do for the cause of the African National Congress. Although not by nature a violent man, Elba's Mandela is nonetheless pragmatic; as the Sixties wear on, he understands that violence is necessary in order to advance the cause of African equality in the apartheid regime. While this performance stands out in the film, the handling of post-1945 South African history is superficially handled. We are not told why the apartheid regime came into being in the late Forties; nor does the film explain how and why it fundamentally differed from the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. For the first half-hour, the film adopts a comic-strip approach to history; a series of apparently disparate sequences follow one another with little concern for historical coherence. It is only when Mandela is sent to Robben Island for life imprisonment that the structure becomes more comprehensible. When Mandela is released from prison, the film once again fails to provide explanations for the sudden outbreak of violence in the townships following his release, when it seemed that African was fighting African as well as the white minority.Read more ›
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on December 21, 2013
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The film covers from the time Mandela (Idris Elba) was a child entering manhood to his election. It touches on problems in his personal life, including infidelity. It touches on tire necklaces. It ignores much of the pressure brought on by the international community.

I liked the acting. At 2 1/2 hours, the film weighs on you as you watch it. Mandela in prison struggling to get long pants while international boycotts go unmentioned. Granted this was not a documentary about the movement, but a bio of Mandela. Still I felt his significance on the world front was diminished. From a human point of view, I liked the film "Winnie Mandela" with Jennifer Hudson better than this one.

The theme, You alone are small, your people are mighty, was mentioned a couple of times, but the film didn't make any great lengths to demonstrate it. A better theme would have been one of forgiveness, something mentioned in the film. Mandela's involvement in the 1995 Rugby World Cup I think would have made a better ending, driving home the point of unity and forgiveness.

Parental Guide: No sex, people undressing as if to have sex. No nudity, prison men in underwear. Maybe an F-bomb of two, hard to tell with accents. 3 1/2 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MAG on June 1, 2014
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Great acting from Idris Elba and Naomi. The film was enlightening, especially towards the end before Mandela was released from prison, it's surprising to learn how s*** scared the government were about the possibility of a black uprising happening. The film depicted key moments in Nelsons life, not an easy biography to film in such short time, but nicely portrayed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Hamilton on April 5, 2014
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This is an interesting movie, as Mandela is an icon around the world. His life story is fascinating. South Africa is also a beatific ill country. The acting in the film was average. Idris Elba who plays Mandela was outdone by the woman who plays Winnie Mandela, in my opinion. He was ok but she was more believable. Still it was an entertaining film and enjoyed it.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FNDNreview on December 27, 2013
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History will remember the late, great Nelson Mandela as one of the world's most important leaders. His devotion to South Africa and to the freedom of his people is a unparalleled, putting him in the company of immortal human rights icons, like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Gandi, and Malcolm X. Mandela spent nearly half of his life incarcerated as a unique living martyr – and although he was out of sight, he was never out of mind. Looking back at the life of Mandela, he is an inspiration for all of use, proving that no matter how difficult something becomes, if you give yourself to a cause and demand change, you will reap the rewards. And, also like history's greatest figures, Nelson Mandela will likely see his immortality recognized many times over on the big screen – the first of which is Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, The First Grader) helms this Nelson Mandela biopic, starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela. When the film begins, we see shades of Mandela entering adulthood, eventually moving quickly into his days as a lawyer. It doesn't take long for this film to set a disturbing tone of racial inequality in the troubled county of South Africa. Before focusing on his prominent role in fighting apartheid (forced racial segregation), the film turns its attention to his first marriage – which is slowly deteriorates due to his prolonged absence and infidelity.

After his first wife leaves him, Mandela turns his sights to protests and speaking to supporters of the freedom fighter cause. At the same time, he meets Winnie Madikizela (Naomie Harris), whom he quickly falls for, marries, and incorporates in their battle for freedom.
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