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Goodbye Bafana [DVD] [2007]


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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RHSG2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,318 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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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By jrhartley on 7 Aug 2007
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 By nhughes25 on 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 By E. K. Gonzalez on 11 Jun 2011
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 By Jones the Film on 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 By Mr. P. Thompson on 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 By Mr. P. Datta on 23 Feb 2008
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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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