Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom 2013 PG-13 CC

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Golden Globe-Winner Idris Elba stars in this moving biography of Nelson Mandela, the jailed activist who became President of South Africa and helped rebuild the once-segregated society.

Starring:
Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Runtime:
2 hours 22 minutes

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

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Genres Drama
Director Justin Chadwick
Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Supporting actors Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Simo Mogwaza, Fana Mokoena, Thapelo Mokoena, Jamie Bartlett, Deon Lotz, Terry Pheto, Zikhona Sodlaka, S'Thandiwe Kgoroge, Tshallo Sputla Chokwe, Sello Maake, James Cunningham, Zenzo Ngqobe, Gys de Villiers, David Butler, Robert Hobbs
Studio The Weinstein Company
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

Item just as described, I have nothing bad to say about it since it is exactly what I was looking for.
Shirley C Bunch
Although I can not speak for how historically accurate the movie was, it seemed to be a very well put together look at Mandela and his struggles.
FirehawkNS
This movie, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, was very moving and it helps to understand the history of South Africa and apartheid.
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22 of 26 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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13 of 17 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott M Glasser on May 25, 2014
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Great history of the man and the rebirth of a nation.

The Amazon playback, however was terrible -- after pausing about 2/3 of the way through the movie, it froze every few minutes. Amazon needs to improve its buffering technology to deliver a better viewing experience. Next time, I'm gong to try UVerse or RedBox.
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By Alfred Johnson on September 18, 2014
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No question after the black civil rights struggle here in America, headed at various points by Doctor Martin Luther King, subsided with some partial victories around voting and freeing work opportunities the axis of the international black liberation struggle shifted, shifted in American eyes, to the horrible conditions of blacks in South Africa. There under the conscious apartheid policy complete with the hated pass system of the Afrikaner government blacks were held as little more than chattel. And were expected to like it to boot. Something about the white man’s “civilizing mission” although more likely, much more likely his craving for cheap labor to work those money-filled, resource-filled mines that drove the South African economy. The situation called for black resistance, called big time for black resistance, since the white government was not interested in the least in sharing power, any power, except maybe that given to their black front men to control the masses. Enter the African National Congress (ANC), or actually the arrival through fits and starts of lawyer Nelson Mandela into the ANC and you have a leader who the world came to know as the icon of that organization. And this film, Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom based on his 1995 autobiography and which opened late in 2013 as he passed away traces the evolution of the man from a free-lancer lawyer to a serious anti-apartheid revolutionary leader.Read more ›
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