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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Rated PG-13 139 minutes 2013

Nelson Mandela gets the Classics Illustrated treatment with this handsome, undemanding biopic (2013). The filmmakers cram in as many major episodes from the subject's life and career as possible, reducing the complex history of the anti-apartheid movement to a series of blunt, decisive moments. Mandela registers as little more than the embodiment of enlightened values—at times this feels like a superhero movie in historical drag. Director Justin Chadwick strives for the stolid, museum-piece approach of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi, as if that were a good thing; with Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. In English and subtitled Afrikaans and Xhosa.

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Director: Justin Chadwick

Producer: Anant Singh, David Thompson, Cameron McCracken, François Ivernel, Geoffrey Qhena, Basil Ford, Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Philisiwe Mthethwa and Hlengiwe Makhathini

Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riadd Moosa, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwi Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto


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