Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 2013

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A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Idris Elba,Naomie Harris
2 hours, 26 minutes

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Genres Documentary, Historical
Director Justin Chadwick
Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Supporting actors Terry Pheto
Studio Fox TV
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The film is faithfully adapted from 'Nelson Mandela's' account of his experiences.
The story takes us from his childhood into manhood, tells of his loves and failed
early marriage, and on to his romance and marriage to 'Winnie'
Still a young man he becomes interested in 'Civil-Rights' movement A.N.C. his
life up to that point, as was the case with the majority of 'Native' South Africans,
was as a second-class-citizen under the rule of a 'White' Government who
enforced 'Aparthied'
He soon became seen as a leading figure in the movement and was seen as a
threat to the ruling authorities.
Following a campaign of disruptive activity 'Nelson' along with several other members
of the movement were sought, captured and brought to trial.
The sentence could easily have been 'death' however probably because of world
opinion, and not wishing to have the prisoners seen as Martyrs they were condemned
to life imprisonment.
They were taken to 'Robben island' in 1964 and had to tolerate inhuman living conditions,
hard labour, and abuse at first from the guards.
It was never intended that the prisoners would ever be released, however after 18 years
they were moved to a prison on the mainland where, conditions were a little better.
World-Wide opinion couple with trade sanctions eventually persuaded the government
of South Africa to reappraise the situation.
'Nelson Mandela' had served some 27 years of imprisonment, now the authorities were
talking to him.
Although he had many bitter thoughts and memories, 'Nelson Mandela' knew he would
have to approach the future with caution and send out a message of conciliation.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Close Range. on 30 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
This much-awaited film has taken years to bring to screen. The makers decided that they would rather not make the film at all, if not done as accurately as possible. Years of painstaking research and attention to detail went into this movie before the cameras even started filming. Sets such as the Soweto street where the Mandela family lived, the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, and the maximum security jail on Robben Island, are so well made that it is difficult to believe that these were not shot on location. The film traces Mandela from boyhood, through to his inauguration as President, in May 1994. Unfortunately,some periods are glossed over while others are paid more attention. The strain on Mandela and his family is a thread that runs throughout.

The result is moving and beautifully rendered, but does not shy away from the horror of apartheid, as well as the flaws of Nelson Mandela himself. Due to the sometimes harrowing scenes, shot for the movie, or through use of actual news footage, this film is not always an easy one to experience. However uncomfortable the truth was, it forms a vital part of the story. We see verbal racial abuse in the streets, and later, brutality dealt to both Nelson and Winnie Mandela. It is interesting how each handles these abuses.

The film opens with valleys bathed in golden light, and there is much beauty throughout the long (2.5 hours) movie. The times are perfectly replicated, with clothing, cars, streets, and buildings all made very specific to the era being shown, right down to an old SA railways logo not seen for decades, in Johannesburg station. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are spot-on as Nelson and Winnie. Despite not being South Africans, they do not put a foot wrong.
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a very well delivered biographical film about Nelson Mandela. Historically, he will be remembered as a great man who touched many people hearts across the globe.The man maintained great dignity and upholded strong principles in pursuit of the long struggle to achieve freedom against the brutality and cruetly that affected South African society. This is known as the apartheid. There are enduring qualities I strongly admire about the man.Sadly, he passed away last year. The whole world paid homage to a great man.

The movie chronicles the early life of Mandela. He stood up for the rights for of the people. He campaigned for equal rights of black people through the streets.The man served a long sentense in prison for 27 years, committing acts in overthrowing the government. The government divided the country through segregation. Some of, the scenes are distressing, distrubing and hollowing. It shows the scale of the problem affecting the nation at the time. Nation experienced an civil unrest during Mandela's imprisonment. Numerous campaigns launched calling for the release of Mandela, as the country was in turmoil. The movie depicts the injustice and bruality shown by the government and prison authorities.The movie provides an excellent potrayal of Mandela surfacing as a political activist and as a family man. The strain took a toll in family life. It cover the key aspects of the man life including the eventual release of the man. He intended to buid a better future. The man showed no remorse and intent on revenge. The country needed to be reunited desperately, as division of the country was broken down and to create harmony in society. Violences in the streets escalated, stirring global attention.
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