INVICTUS (I am the master of my faith,I am the Captain of my soul !)
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THE POEM :
Invictus By : William Ernest Henley (1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
The Human Factor (USA) / INVICTUS
Morgan Freeman ... Nelson Mandela
Matt Damon ... François Pienaar
Tony Kgoroge ... Jason Tshabalala
Patrick Mofokeng ... Linga Moonsamy
Matt Stern ... Hendrick Booyens
Julian Lewis Jones ... Etienne Feyder
Adjoa Andoh ... Brenda Mazibuko
Marguerite Wheatley ... Nerine
Leleti Khumalo ... Mary
Patrick Lyster ... Mr. Pienaar
Penny Downie ... Mrs. Pienaar
Sibongile Nojila ... Eunice
Bonnie Henna ... Zindzi
Shakes Myeko ... Minister of Sport
Louis Minnaar ... Springbok Coach
Morgan Freeman shines in Clint Eastwood's solid drama, 12 December 2009
Also Known As:The Human Factor (USA) (working title)
more MPAA:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. Parents Guide:View content advisory for parents Runtime:133 min Country:USA Language:English Color:Color Aspect Ratio:2.35 : 1 more Sound Mix:Dolby Digital Certification:USA:PG-13 (certificate #45710) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | UK:12A | Ireland:PG | Singapore:PG | Finland:K-3 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Hong Kong:IIA | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Africa:PG | Japan:G | Norway:A | Argentina:Atp | South Korea:All | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) Filming Locations:Cape Town, South Africa more Company:Warner Bros. Pictures more
Trivia:Before production began, Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary made a trip to South Africa to get Nelson Mandela's blessing for the film. According to McCreary, Freeman started off by saying, "Madiba, we've been working a long time on this other project, but we've just read something that we think might get to the core of who you are..." Before he had finished, Madiba said, "Ah, the World Cup." For McCreary, that was "when I knew we were heading in the right direction." more Goofs:Anachronisms: In the shot of the 747 pilot looking over the stadium, the shot includes a Vodacom advert on top of the tall Ponty Building. In 1995, there was a Coca Cola sponsorship on top of the building. more Quotes:[from trailer]
Minister of Sport: According to the experts, we'll reach the quarter-finals, and no further.
Nelson Mandela: According to the experts, you and I should still be in jail.
more Movie Connections:Featured in "Angela and Friends: (#1.54)" (2010) more Soundtrack:Colorblind more
Author: wolverinesforever from United States
Set in the early to mid 90's, Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" covers the first year of Nelson Mandela's presidency and how he pushed the nation's rugby team, led by captain Francois Pienaar, to achieve World Cup glory. However, Mandela's backing of the rugby team splits many hairs, as the "Sprinboks" have come to be a symbol of apartheid for millions of South Africans, making Mandela risk the very base that pushed him into office. He must also deal with personal security, his exhaustive schedule, and the strains on his personal life.
As much as I respect Morgan Freeman, I was concerned that his presence would be distracting, that I would be seeing him instead of Nelson Mandela. I shouldn't have worried. Freeman completely immerses himself into the role and gives one of the best performances of the year. Not only are his accent and tone of voice quite good, but he brings a true 3-dimensionality to the role. Compare, for example, him having tea with Francois, to talking with his family, and to making a political speech. Freeman nailed every facet of Mandela's life.
Damon also excels as Pienaar, the solid enough rugby player who must do more than just lead by example for his team. The screenplay, adapted by Anthony Peckham, doesn't offer many narrative surprises, but it does do a good job examining not only the strife South Africa was in when Mandela was elected, but also the value of the team to the entire nation. Eastwood wisely plays the material straight. Though the material may seem familiar, the performances by Damon and especially Freeman are what elevate this tale into a solid and even uplifting drama.
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MOVIEmeter: No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.Director:Clint Eastwood
Writers (WGA):Anthony Peckham (screenplay)
John Carlin (book)
Contact:View company contact information for Invictus on IMDbPro. Release Date:4 March 2010 (Netherlands) more Genre:Biography | Drama | History | Sport more Tagline:His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion. more Plot:Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. full summary | add synopsis Plot Keywords:Rugby | Rugby Team | Nelson Mandela | South Africa | President more Awards:Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations more NewsDesk:
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