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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, detailed and faithful telling of a great story.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mandela's Long Walk
We watched this DVD on a Saturday night, when generally the programmes are poor on TV. We both found it a little slow, but it told Mandela's story in a touching way.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, detailed and faithful telling of a great story., 30 Nov 2013
This review is from: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [DVD] (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. There are a few factual inaccuracies, such as the playing of a Miriam Makeba song during a scene set in 1942, well before Makeba was known, and the colour of the Toyota Cressida in which Mandela was driven from Victor Verster prison was a creamy yellow, not navy blue as shown here. These are small faults though.

The film is a triumph on many levels: As a telling of history, as a love story, and about what helped make Mandela become the great leader he was. "Long Walk to Freedom" is definitely worthy of its great subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film, 30 Jun 2014
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What a great movie so glad I bought it very pleased with the price made the weekend entertaining would recomend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film, 21 Jun 2014
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Having visited Robben Island 'Cape Town where Mr Mandela was held prisoner found this film to be of great interest. Idris Elba played his role brilliantly. An all round brilliant film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film, 24 Jun 2014
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I have read the autobiography twice and this film is very true to the book. Idris Elba was brilliant in it as he sounded just like Nelson Mandela. This is a film I will watch again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amandla!, 29 Jun 2014
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Great film illustrating the life of the greatest leader of our time - good to show young people that there is always a need to challenge and defy conventional wisdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Walk to Freedom, 23 Jun 2014
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DVD arrived in perfect condition and on time. Excellent film - would definitely recommend viewing. Idris Elba's acting is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account of Mandela's life., 23 Jun 2014
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I thought it was an excellent account - particularly of his early life. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my husband.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 30 Jun 2014
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Great film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 Jun 2014
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Good film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mandela, 27 Jun 2014
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This was an amazing DVD into Mandela's life and I think Idris played him very well. A very enjoyable film to watch.
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