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Goodbye Bafana [DVD] [2007]

Joseph Fiennes , Dennis Haysbert , Bille August    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster, Shiloh Henderson
  • Directors: Bille August
  • Writers: Bille August, Bob Graham, Greg Latter, James Gregory
  • Producers: Alison Ellard, Andro Steinborn, Carola Ash
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RHSG2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,096 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: White prison guard James Gregory's life is profoundly altered when he meets the prisoner Nelson Mandela, whom he ends up guarding for more than twenty years. ...Goodbye Bafana ( Il Colore della liberta' ) ( Detenuto 46664 )

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have to confess, I had some trepidation before going to see this film - on paper, I thought it had the potential to be a little dry - the memoires of one of Nelson Mandela's prison guards... I can only say that Joseph Fiennes probably betters his brother's performance in The Constant Gardener in this film, and with the exception of some slightly suspect wigs towards the end Dennis Haysbert is quietly powerful in his portrayal of the incarcerated Nelson Mandela. The story works well at identifying common ground the white guard and his charge share, without being overly sentimental or soppy - there is a strong sense of mutual respect and honour that permeates this film, which is entirely as you'd expect given the reason for the story. The supporting actors do a fine job and the film ticks along at a well-timed pace - at no point did I feel the director was playing for time whilst equally not rushing the transformation of prison warder James Gregory's staunch anti-integrationist opinions into a close friend and occasional accomplice to Mandela. Definitely up there with the recent batch of Africa-based stories like Shooting Dogs, Hotel Rwanda and the Last King of Scotland.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exaggerated and Possibly Fabricated 27 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
If you read from this link:

http://www.nelsonmandela.org/images/uploads/Nelson_Mandelas_Warders.pdf

you will find that much if not nearly all of what is written about W/O Gregory in the book upon which this film is based is fabricated or exaggerated according to former prison colleagues and Mandela himself, whether this is due to the writer changing Gregory's answers or Gregory himself is unknown, but the book, and subsequently this film, although very good, cannot be believed as true. This film is a very good film, but based on more fiction than fact because of the book, which after enjoying the film so much, I was obviously disappointed to find out that it is nearly all exaggerated or changed to make W/O Gregory look like the centre of attention and it is saddening to learn the apparent truth. Read from the provided link! it tells you all you need to know about the book, this film and the truth about Madiba's warders.

For a book adaptation, it is very good, but it falls down because of the book and its apparent exaggerations and possible fabrications.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
What we see in this film is the affect Mandela had on all types of people, in this case a white man who was his guard in different ways over many years who was forced to hate the South African blacks and believe that the Apartheid was right, good and even approved by God! However deep inside he was torn simply because his best friend, when he was a child, was black. By playing with his friend he learnt one of the black languages, which is how he became Mandela's guard in the first place.
Despite this film being a true story which in my opinion always makes films greater, I didn't think this film was a great film because it doesn't reveal much about Mandela's personality, but it is good. I would definately recommend it because it inspired me. Thanks to this film I found out about the South African Freedom Charter.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story 18 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
It is probably hard to entice an audience with subject matter that may now seem outdated to some. However this is a healthy reminder of the brutality of the Apartheid regime in South Africa and the courage of Mandela and his followers. The mellowing of his prison officer, Warrant Office Gregory, was sensitively portrayed.

Haysbert's attempt at replicating Mandela's accent was hugely impressive. Unfortunately, Feinnes' Sud Afrikan accent was so good I could hardly understand what he was saying.

Fabulous performances from the entire cast. The period pieces had an authentic feel. This well directed film deserves our attention.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story 25 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
I saw this at the cinema last night and will buy the DVD to give to my in laws who were living in SA at the time. I found it a well acted, sensitive portrayal of a complex situation. I'm not clear how much artistic licence was taken with the story. I like the idea that Nelson Mandela fought his jailer with 'sticks' (and won). If you've not seen this already - go for it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A historical masterpiece of movie making 23 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
Goodbye Bafana unfolds an unpleasant, but important piece of South African history, the apartheid phase. The cinemagraphy and the calibre of acting are of the highest standard, which really enhances the movie realism. The historical accuracy is always questioned, but no doubts emerge about this, as it is truly accounted as the movie unfolds. Otherwise, it is a history forgery which is not case, as facts are presented about what happened to the characters featured. This enhances historical accuracy of the movie and eliminates casting doubts.

The movie recaptures a historical journey of South Africa in the late 60's to early 90's during the time Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years and the eventual release of him in society. During the imprisonment, he developed a special bonding with an Afrikaner who's went lot of trouble to assist him, but landed in trouble with authorities. This moment represents one of the most pivotal and emotional phase of the movie. His perspective and vision of life altered considerably. Following Nelson Mandela lengthy prison sentence, he became the president and promoted a new South Africa.

What we learn from the movie is about how cruel human beings can really be and for what motives? We should live in a civilised society, where everyone is equal. Unfortunately, this did not happen for a considerable time in South Africa and as a consequence sanctions were imposed. South Africa subsequently banned from international sports events, as result of their national policies. In Goodbye Bafana, the true spirit of humanity is deeply questioned here.

Goodbye Bafana is a great historical movie, to learn a few important issues presented in humanity . It is ideally suited for those, who express a strong interest in history and keen to learn further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed watching it.
Published 11 days ago by Dorothy Kingston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thanks this was for a gift
Published 14 days ago by margaret elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Book gives food for thought. service fine
Published 23 days ago by Eileen Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD, powerful story
Published 25 days ago by j
4.0 out of 5 stars GOODBYE BAFANA - GOOD FILM
This was a very interesting side of Mandela's story and one you don't hear about very often. It was very well acted and I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Knowing S. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Smart
4.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation of a very readble book
I read the book by Gregory a few years ago and was impressed not only with his own story but that of the background from the eyes of a warder of the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CAGS
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG !
What a movie, this tells the story of Nelson Madela's life on Robin Island and gives you an insight of the man before
he became president of SA ! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Julie Britton
4.0 out of 5 stars a nice prison warder in apartheid South Africa?
very watchable, an insight ( one-sided) in to Mandela' s time in prison. You just have to remember the warder is always going to be shown in a good light as the film is based on... Read more
Published 6 months ago by gamegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this story.
I think this film gives us a bit of the person Nelson Mandela was and the affect he had on people who where lucky enough to meet him and work with him.
Published 6 months ago by Brendan Oloughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Mandella
Two days after seeing Mandella and being disaponted with it, I spotted this DVD going cheap at a local supermarket. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Norbert Warner
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