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Winnie Mandela [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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Starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls, 2006) and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Best Actor, Hustle & Flow, 2005), Winnie Mandela is an epic story of love, sacrifice and courage. Moving from a remote tribal village to the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa, a proud young Winnie (Hudson) soon found love with a rising political star, Nelson Mandela (Howard). When Nelson was imprisoned for protesting the brutal Apartheid government, Winnie worked tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality. Her struggle to keep the Mandela dream alive was rewarded by years of persecution and imprisonment, including 18 months of solitary confinement. Throughout, her resolve to fight for her freedom, her family and her country never wavered. Her leadership and unconquerable spirit caught the attention of the world and earned her the name “the mother of the nation.”

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EJUK8MM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"She spent nearly 500 days in prison, 400 of them alone in solitary. She was exiled, they harassed her, they nearly killed her. Her contribution to the struggle is beyond calculation." This movie follows the life of Winnie (Hudson) from birth to her life with husband Nelson Mandela (Howard) and beyond. It shows her transformation from shy student to activist. I hate to admit it but I knew next to nothing about this woman before I started the movie. For that reason going in my first thought was, why make a movie about her when Nelson is much more interesting. After watching this my thoughts changed to why don't they make more movies about her. I'm not sure how accurate this movie is but I found it to be very interesting and really made me feel for her. Seeing a woman who was shy and had her life ahead of her end up being broken by seeing the way her life was affected by her husbands sentence gives you conflicting emotions. On one hand you want her to do the things she is doing while at the same time you know she should stop. The end of the movie is so bittersweet that it's hard to feel happy about what happened. The only really bad thing I have to say about this is that it really had the feel of a Lifetime movie. Overall, my feelings went from why a movie about her to why aren't there more movies about her. I highly recommend this. I give it an A-.
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I saw this film in a local theatre a couple of Saturdays ago after reading a terribly negative review in the NEW YORK TIMES by Stephen Holden the day before. He could find nothing much to like about the movie: The director Darrell J. Roodt was rushed, whatever that means. Terence Howard has too little screen time and is merely a "stick figure." Winnie Mandela's role in the events surrounding the death of a teenage boy "are not explored." The white characters are basically caricatures. And finally the reviewer did not like the song Jennifer Hudson sings with a back-up choir at the end of the film although , as I recall, he does not state his reasons for his distaste.

I am so glad I paid no attention to the review. I went to the movie because I like both Mr. Howard and Ms. Hudson as actors and I am fascinated by the story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela. (I will never forget hearing Mr. Mandela-- I believe Ms. Mandela was in attendance-- speak in Atlanta in 1990 soon after his having being freed from all those years as a political prisoner.) I left the theatre wondering if Mr. Holden and I saw the same movie. First these two actors give commanding, riveting performances. And while it is not a requirement to play a historical figure, both these Mr. Howard and Ms. Hudson resemble Nelson and Winnie Mandela, particularly Mr. Howard to Mr. Mandela, something that adds to their performances. (Think Daniel Day Lewis in "Lincoln.") I fully expected to see five minutes of the character Nelson Mandela. Wrong. Even though he is sentenced to prison at Robben Island, he remains very much a part of his wife's life, at least for a time, and in the movie. And I ask, can a stick figure weep? The movie is called "Winnie Mandela"-- based on a biography-- after all.
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This is an interesting film which shows the complexity of the character of Winnie Mandela. Once Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, Winnie took over the movement, crossing the line and doing things, for better or worse, that Nelson wouldn't dare do. One can debate if her militant stance helped or hurt the liberation of South Africa, but it was after decades of peaceful measures failing that lead to a more radical approach.

The film contains the expected grand speeches, self sacrifice, tear jerking moments with appropriate sound track. It leaves criticism of Winnie up to the audience. I felt the acting, which was good, needed to be taken up a notch as it seemed to lack a degree of expected passion. There also seems to be a disconnect between the effect of the movement, world pressure, and the decision to free Mandela and end apartheid which would normally climax a film. Even as the film was about her, these events which she dedicated her life to should have been better presented.

Worth viewing.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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This movie explains a lot about Winnie Mandela and what led her to some of the actions that she initiated in her life.
It is rarely told that she was in solitary confinement for over 1 year. Even Nelson Mandela was not subjected to total isolation like this and constant harassment! I think that the movie is balanced because it tells her life story, versus focusing on what is in the news media. Jennifer Hudson gives a stellar performance as always!
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Lord knows I love Jennifer Hudson but I need someone to contact her. I need my $9.99 plus tax deposited back in my bank account. Jennifer Hudson is good actress, but this movie should have aired on Lifetime. Terrance Howard as Nelson Mandela was so distracting at times - I wanted to scream.. stop paying "Q" aka Quentin.

I can see why Winnie Mandela was upset with the producers of this movie. After watching this movie, I can't wait until Long Walk to Freedom (starring Idris Elba) comes to dvd.

Hopefully, someone will make another Winnie Mandela movie that's more in-depth. Sorry T.D. Jakes presents - you get a C- on this one.
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