- 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)
Mister Johnson [DVD]
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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Searched almost eternity for it. I borrowed the movie Mister Johnson many years ago from a friend and since then have been looking to buy it. Many thanks for stocking it.Published on 18 Jun. 2013 by Victor
I felt that I should let any prospective buyer know that this transfer is one of the two worst I have ever encountered (the other being 'Gold'), for a film that is not all that old... Read morePublished on 27 April 2010 by Allan Webb