Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Mister Johnson [DVD]

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

Additional DVD options
Amazon Price
New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
£18.00
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


Product details

  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: river
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AL6AGG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,646 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

From Amazon.co.uk

British East Africa, 1923. Harry Rudbeck, an ambitious army officer, wants to build a road to bring the outside world to the backwater town where he is posted. Struggling to find ways around Foreign Service bureaucracy, he relies on his resourceful African clerk, Mr. Johnson. But when Johnson's can-do attitude runs afoul of British law, Rudbeck must make a painful decision. The film is deliberately paced, and the topnotch cinematography, art direction, and soundtrack all conspire to immerse you into the sweltering heat of East Africa. Maynard Eziashi gives winning performance as Johnson, a man so intent on becoming important that it destroys him. Like many of director Bruce Beresford's movies, Mister Johnson is a clear-eyed look at the way a collision of two cultures can lead to tragedy. Rudbeck must ultimately face the fact that his own ambition leads to the death of his friend, and Pierce Brosnan (as Rudbeck) and Beresford refuse to sentimentalise the man at all. Among Beresford's films, this is much closer in tone to Breaker Morant than to the kinder, gentler Driving Miss Daisy. --Geof Miller

Product Description

In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson (Maynard Eziashi) is an oddity -- an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with either the natives or the British boss s. He is secretary to the local British magistrate (Pierce Brosnan) and considers himself an English Gentleman, though he has never been to England. He is always scheming and plotting, trying to get ahead, which lands him in a lot of hot water with both his own people and his Colonial Masters. This tragically moving drama is brought to life by Maynard Eziashi s excellent performance as Mister Johnson and Pierce Brosnan strong portrayal of the typical British Colonial Official whose mission to build a road takes over both of their lives.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
A lingering memory of this film, seen serendipitously on Channel 4 when it bothered with film, is the lonely Nigerian. Unfortunately the film is all too topical as Nigeria is in the news, for all the wrong reasons. Few know that in fact that the Muslim north was yoked to the Christian south by my own dear British. It hasn't quite knitted. Location-shot for authenticity, this remains a sadly timely film as the colonial legacy still lives on combined by religious antipthy. We see Brosnan as sharp-suited colonial Mr Rubeck with his factotum, Mr Johnson, his clerk who affects to despise his fellow Nigerians, electing himself as a sort of honorary white, with attendant superciliousness. If tragedy involves a crash from a position on high, this is one as the contretemps with Edward Woodward's shopkeeper ensures that the young Nigerian's chickens come home to roost. Fine performances by all but Woodward, so fine in 'Breaker Morant' seems unusually good in African-set films. I still can hear the plaintive cry "Mr Johnson, Mr Johnson." The tone tells you who's boss here.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
Shot on location, the Jos Plateau of Nigeria this is a faithful adaptation of the novel which I read before seeing the film. Johnson was the kind of southerner detested in the north of Nigeria, an antipathy which eventually led to civil was in 1966. This is a faithful recreation of colonial Northern Nigeria and contains a sad moral dilemma.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
If you have travelled to the North of Nigeria around the mining town
of Jos then this is a must see. Maynard Eziashi is perfectly cast as the Ibo
in the North whilst Brosnan and Woodward are terrific.
Much under-rated.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film first came to my notice as an offering on Satellite TV. From the word go it was obvious this film had been overlooked and/or underrated by the critics such was it's impact.
Maynard Eziashi is excellent as Mr Johnson, the black but white suited clerk to Mr Rubeck (Pierce Brosnan). He portrays a black man who is proud to be British and even looks down on his fellow Africans as "trash". Anything English (including whiskey) is "just like back home" eventhough he obviously has never been to europe.
His guile in ensuring funds are siphoned from various government funds in order to finish a road is as endearing as it is ridiculous. In the end an incident with a store owner (Edward Woodward) ensures a sad conclusion but perhaps the beautiful music at this point reminds us of the man they called Mr Johnson.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film was a real surprise as it was an uncompromising & deeply moving account of what it was like to try & make a better life for one self under colonial rule. The actors are all magnificent & under played, its an emotional & finely acted film, the cinema photography is stunning & this dvd is good quality & widescreen presentation.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A good relaying of the short-lived Raj in Africa and its customs and regulations, with good camera work.

BUT.....

I was disappointed with the print quality of the DVD I received. It was fuzzy, and unfocussed. It looked like one of those old videotapes that is too many generations dubbed.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Look for similar items by category