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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Invictus

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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)

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24 of 26 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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23 of 25 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Worthington on 16 May 2012
Format: DVD
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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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mr Swallow on 10 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
This is a hugely enjoyable movie which charts the rise of Nelson Mandela and his role in bringing in the nation of South Africa together during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It would be considered corny if it didn't happen to be true. I'm not sure about all the details but the basic facts are there, that Mandela, newly elected to the presidency of South Africa chose reconciliation rather than confrontation with the white minority who had so long oppressed the people he represented. One gesture was to support the Springboks - a major symbol of white supremacy in the past - and to bring the nation together around them in spite of what many of his own supporters who wanted them for ever abolished.
This is steering stuff with Morgan Freeman giving a stunning performance of Mandela. Just why he didn't receive an Oscar for this performance is something only the vagaries of the Academy award system can tell us. He looks like and sounds like the great man himself - it's worth watching the movie just for this one performance. Elsewhere the movie is solidly cast with one unfortunate exception. Well as Matt Damon acts as the Springbok captain Franois Pienaar, he is simply not physically big enough to be credible in the role. Pienaar was a huge man in every respect and Damon just doesn't have the size to convince. The rugby scenes are quite well done but not in the same league as, say, the action scenes in Friday Night Lights.
However, the rugby is actually incidental to the main action of the film which is about a great statesman rising above the prejudice and hate that were fundamental to the country he inherited. Do see this movie and be inspired.
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