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Invictus 2009

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(231) IMDb 7.4/10
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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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 27 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela, a man who lost his liberty for 27 years as a result of his resolute and stoic resistance against apartheid in South Africa.
After his belated release back into the arms of society and subsequent election to President of his country, Mandela actually did the unthinkable and forgave his unjust oppressors ("forgiveness liberates the soul"), always keeping his focus on the much bigger picture, namely looking to achieve national unity for his hitherto divided countrymen.
Mandela started out in office by applying his belief in equality to the selection of his governmental staff, leading the way by example with a spirit of exceptional tolerance and open arms, and with a steely determination to make South Africa a shining light of the modern world. Compassion, restraint and generosity were the bricks and mortar on which he constructed his society and this biographical film does a great job of emphasising that. He also demonstrated his generosity by immediately donating one third of his governmental salary payments to charity, one wonders how many UK politicians have ever done that.
Mandela asks the inspirational captain of the South African national rugby team, Francois Pienaar, who's played by Matt Damon, to lead and inspire an underdog squad of largely unheralded players to an improbable victory in the rugby World Cup. The fearless politician wants a sporting success in a major World sport, as an emblem for the unity, philosophy and prosperity of the new South Africa, but an early match up between the Springboks and England, which takes place about one year before the World Cup, reveals the Herculean nature of the task ahead...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
'Clint Eastwood' rarely delivers disappointment with the films he directs....this film i can assure you does not 'buck' the trend.
The film starts with 'Nelson Mandela's' (Morgan Freeman) release after '30' years imprisonment and of his rise to President.
However, how does he convince a nation to unite,he sets out to integrate both white and black in within his new Government.
But, many problems lie ahead, the white population are suspicious, and many of the black population remain less than equall.
The national 'Rugby' team are primarily supported by the white population, the opposition are usually cheered on by the black community.
So much division, 'Nelson Mandela' see's an opening that might get the whole country backing the national team during the World-Cup, the team do have a habit of losing however.
'Nelson Mandela' makes it a priority to befriend the 'rugby' captain 'Francois Pienar' (Matt Damon)and get to know the team by name.
This is a brilliantly up-lifting movie, and has obviously been researched to offer authenticity.
'Morgan Freeman' one of today's most respected actor's gives a convincing performance as the man who has the courage to forgive those who done him wrong.
'Matt Damon' an inspiring role as the 'Springbok' Captain who's team along with the presidents support helped unite that which had been divided---a Nation.
Clint Eastwood' has surely directed another 'classic in waiting'
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