Invictus 2009

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This political drama with sports action, is set after the fall of apartheid in Nelson Mandela's first term in office as president. It explores how he used the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was hosted by South Africa, to bring blacks and whites together after decades of violence, mistrust and hatred.

Starring:
Morgan Freeman,Matt Damon
Runtime:
2 hours, 8 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Sport, Historical
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
Supporting actors Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Marguerite Wheatley, Leleti Khumalo, Patrick Lyster, Penny Downie, Sibongile Nojila, Bonnie Henna, Shakes Myeko, Louis Minnaar
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Worthington on 16 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a cracking film about the growth of courageous mental and physical athleticism of
two leaders and their groups which are divided by race, conflict and politics, who find
a meeting of minds and begin to be reconciled.

The arena is South African politics and the sporting stage of the Rugby World Cup held in
South Africa in 1995.

The protagonists are the newly appointed President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman)
and his supporters and the Springboks Captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) and his team and his
fans. Mandela realizes for the peaceful harmony of the country they need mutual respect and the
success of each other. This is his goal and ambition.

There are obstacles off the rugby field and on it in the form of teams like England, Australia
and the New Zealand 'All Blacks'.

This film should find many fans for its themes of sport, conflict resolution and reconciliation.

It's a great endeavour and exciting to the final whistle and the celebrations beyond!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charly Dunning on 29 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I bought this at the supermarket yesterday (although I wish I'd checked the price on Amazon first though, it's much cheaper!), it was a toss up between Meet the Parents/Meet the Fockers box-set, or this film. And I'm so pleased I chose the latter.

Invictus is the story of Nelson Mandela, and how with the help of Springboks Rugby Captain Franois Pienaar, he helped unite black & whites throughout Africa by winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Nelson Mandela was right when he said that only Morgan Freeman could portray him on the big screen. It baffles me how he did not receive an Oscar for his amazing performance. From the moment the film starts to the very end you believe that he and only he, is Nelson Mandela.

You don't realise how much work Matt Damon put in to prepare for the film until you watch the behind the scenes feature on the DVD. He trained as if he was the Springboks captain. And personally, I don't mind that he doesn't look exactly like the real Franois Pienaar, because the way he portrays him through dialogue and action is brilliant. He spent days 'hanging' out with Franois so he could learn how he spoke, walked etc. And all the work that Damon put in was all worth it, as the end result is fabulous.

In the final match against the All Blacks, you find yourself on the edge of your seat. Every time the Springboks score, you find you and your family doing the Mexican wave. It is just that invigorating.

The poem which gave Nelson Mandela the strength to stand up when he just wanted to lie down during his time at Robbin Island, is where the title of the film comes from.

All in all this is brilliant and one I would and will recommend to all my friends.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horsfall - Author / Writer on 5 July 2010
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed Invictus. Being a big Rugby fan I was drawn by the fact that the 95 world cup was the backdrop and could remember the building passionate support for the Springboks but of course there was so much more behind it. I though t Morgan Freeman played Mandela superbly and Matt Damon was also good (if you could overlook his size as a supposed International Lock / Flanker). The script was very well written and although Rugby was seen as the link to uniting society, I just wished (as a Rugby fan) the actual game scenes could have been a bit more realistic as they had the feel of a Sunday league match rather than a hard hitting international.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Richards VINE VOICE on 14 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This is a great film, and i very much enjoyed it, however this is not a "review" as such but a warning / note of caution to anyone buying this version AFTER June 2011.

The digital copy that comes with this film has a code that Expires on 14/06/2011 which means that you will be unable to transfer the digital copy after this date. I bought my copy on 12th July 2011, I tried it anyway and had the "code is expired" message - no joy in trying get around it either as it connects to the Warner Server to authorise the transer/download. The Warner Bros support site is not much help either as it simply states that the digital copy is a "bonus" and the code should have been redeemed by the cut off date. Aparently this is what Warner do to "reward" people who buy the film early on dvd/blu ray. I have emailed them about it, asking for a new one off code, but again they simply told me it was a bonus that has expired there was nothing they could do and that was that. A bit harsh, but there we go.

So, while you do get the Blu ray and DVD versions of this great film at a pretty good price, you won't (sadly) be getting the digital copy if you buy it from after 15th June 2011 making this a "double play" not "triple play" version.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nat Whilk on 2 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"Whilk," said my PE teacher, "you hardly seem to be playing rugby at all. You just wander around the field like some nomad who's lost his camel."

I venture this autobiographical self-indulgence only to demonstrate that you really, really don't need to be a sports fan to enjoy this extraordinary film. What it's fundamentally about is the great Nelson Mandela, and how, released from a quarter-century's imprisonment to save his country from the septic trauma of apartheid, he saw how the Springboks might help to heal South Africa's terrible injury.

The invaluable Matt Damon, surely as reliable a star as any, gives a powerfully eloquent performance as the Springboks' much-burdened captain, but the film is dominated by Morgan Freeman's masterly portrait of the president. A more perfect conjunction of actor and role it's difficult to imagine: this, I feel, is the part Morgan was born to play. The rest of the huge cast is without a weak link, and Clint Eastwood's direction is as assured as I've come to expect, whether capturing minute nuances of character, putting us amidst the violent drama of the rugby pitch, showing us the beauty of Table Mountain and the poverty of a shanty town or celebrating the splendour of a crowd of sixty thousand in an ecstasy of patriotic fervour.

Warner Brothers have done a fine job of preparing their film for blu-ray. Although the picture doesn't quite match the startling sharpness of the very best demonstration discs, neither does it have any grungy grain to complain about, and the audio gives an equally good account of some magnificent music and the thuds and roars of rugby action. The extras are very generous.

This is, I think, as uplifting a film as I can remember. The tale of Mandela's heroism, wisdom and magnanimity is surely one of the most inspiring of our era. I doubt whether anyone could reach the closing credits of this disc without feeling very, very lucky to have watched it.
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