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Mandela and de Klerk

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Mandela & De Klerk was filmed in South Africa. Most of the locations are those where the actual events took place, and the dramatized sequences are augmented with newsreel footage to ensure the most accurate portrayal possible of recent historical events.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Tina Lifford
  • Directors: Joseph Sargent
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Afrikaans, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008FXT3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mandela and de Klerk" on IMDb

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This video is an excellent follow-up to the former video produced where Danny Glover plays Mr. Mandela. It takes up where the other video leaves off! Not only does it do an excellent job of portraying the struggle of a people but enables you to see all prospectives involved, namely those of the white South African community. My whole family is inspired by the life of Mr. Mandela and all those involved. And after seeing this version of the circumstances, I was able to see the sacrifices of Mr. DeKlerk also! I am inspired to achieve those visions in my own life and not to fear what man or society may do to me! Thank God for men with a vision and a will to see it became a reality!
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This story should be a part of our world history textbooks. It is a rare glimpse into the lives of these two natural antagonists. It shows how one can be an antagonist, oppose unrighteousness, and still be a gentleman in the process. Even though politics were mean and even brutal, the view of these two men, at the nexus of history in a positive way, is a respite from the extreme feelings that can be generated by apartheid, its victims (black South Africans), and its opposers (the world finally and almost too late). I show this (and other historical documentaries) to my nieces and nephews when they come to visit.
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"Mandela and de Klerk" is a 1997 made-for-TV docudrama that a history buff shouldn't miss. I didn't even know of this until this month (Could this have been so under the radar or was my rock difficult to climb out of?). The film chronicles the efforts of then South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk to release anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela from prison and pave the way for a new constitution and abolishment of apartheid. This is, of course, an extremely simplified synopsis of the film. The film itself is quite complex, primarily because the central characters - Mandela and de Klerk - are complex individuals, as one would expect of history makers. Their relationship was cagey at best, and both men seem larger than life, skillfully bartering with the powers they held and keeping at bay the forces that would have easily exploded into civil war. Add to this the magic that is Poitier and Caine, and I assure you, this will be one of the best hour-and-a-half you'll spend.

The negotiations between the two central characters dominate the film. To fully appreciate these exchanges, I found it helpful to brush up on some basics (e.g., the African National Congress and its raison d'etre, Die Groot Krokodil or P.W. Botha, the staunch defender of apartheid, etc.). Even without these preparations, the film is so expertly plotted and scripted that the viewer walks away having learned a great deal of Pres. Mandela's intelligence and struggles, and appreciating the equally intelligent and progressive Afrikaner, de Klerk. As god-like as they would seem, I admired the filmmaker's refusal to deify both men. They are depicted as the very real people that they are, faults and all. They resent each other, they attack each other, they abhor each other, and they make grand history together. What a film!
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I absolutely loved this movie. I first watched it thru Netflix and then loved it so much I ordered it here! I never realized that Nelson Mandela spent almost 20 years IN JAIL FIRST BEFORE BECOMING PRESIDENT ANT THAT HE WAS PUT THER BE THE PEOPLE SO HE WAS OFTEN CALLED THE PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT! Very good story!
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This movie shows how the situation was in South Africa between the later years of P.W.Botha's time as President of South Africa and to the end when in 1994 when Nelson Mandela became President. The movie shows that F.W De Klerk ( Unlike Botha ) was willing to compromise with Mandela and despite their differences during De Klerk's Presidency, they worked together to end Apartied. Michael Caine's performance as De Klerk was exceptional!.
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I was "blown away" by the emotion and honesty of this movie! I was so moved that I'm now reading Nelson Mandela's autobiography!
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Although the movie gave me great insight into the turbulent times of the struggle of aparthied, I wish the movie could have done more to portray the multilayered conflicts that surrounded race relations in South Africa during this time. I also felt as if the ending could have continued into what Mandela did next after becoming President of South Africa.
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Follows the documentary perfectly, I recommend this for any one who is not familiar with the history of Africa moving to a democracy.
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