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Endgame (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 18 January 2009 (USA)
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Director:

Pete Travis

Writers:

Robert Harvey (book), Paula Milne
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Professor Willie Esterhuyse
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Thabo Mbeki
Jonny Lee Miller ... Michael Young
Mark Strong ... Dr. Neil Barnard
Clarke Peters ... Nelson Mandela
John Kani ... Oliver Tambo
Derek Jacobi ... Rudolph Agnew
Timothy West ... P.W. Botha
Matthew Marsh ... F.W. de Klerk
Mike Huff Mike Huff ... Willem de Klerk
Stephen Jennings Stephen Jennings ... Kobie Coetsee
Patrick Lyster ... Sampie Terreblanche
Ramon Tikaram ... Aziz Pahad
Danny Scheinmann ... Albie Sachs
Porteus Xandau Porteus Xandau ... Christo Brand
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Patriot. Terrorist. Negotiator. Peacemaker. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence/disturbing images and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK] | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Xhosa

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apartheids sidste dage See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,608, 8 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,645, 17 January 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At the beginning of the movie it clearly shows that the speedometer is at 0 while driving down the road. See more »

Quotes

Epilogue: When the IRA decided to negotiate a peaceful solution to the Irish conflict, they secretly turned to the ANC
[African National Congress]
Epilogue: for advise on how to do it. They are now advising Hamas on the same strategy.
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Connections

Featured in Grierson 2010: The British Documentary Awards (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Low Life
Performed by Scanners
Written by Sarah Daly and Matthew Mole
Courtesy of Influx Music Ltd./Dam Mak Records/Rhino Independent
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A hidden revolution
15 May 2009 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

The end of the hated Apartheid regime in South Africa is an uplifting story, but also, as told in this drama-documentary, an oddly undramatic one. There was no revolution, nor even a commitment to reform from within. Instead, as the system became increasingly untenable on the ground in the face of growing popular unrest, a series of unofficial negotiations between prominent Afrakaaners and the opposition were eventually endorsed by F.W. de Klerk shortly after his appointment as leader of the country, in a tacit acknowledgement that he had run out of other options. Undramatic maybe, but this is still a worthy retelling of the mechanics of the process. It's surprising to see Thabo Mbeki, later much criticised as a later south African leader when he denied that H.I.V. causes A.I.D.S., portrayed here in such a positive light. William Hurt is completely convincing as an Afrikaaner, while 'Wire' veteran Clarke Peters captures the essence of Nelson Mandela with a delicate performance . There's an element of hagiography in the film's treatment of the men who negotiated, but it is justifiably an uplifting story, especially in the knowledge of how, in the main, Mandela has managed to justify his status as virtual deity since his release; and how, for all its continuing problems, South African society has not collapsed with democracy.


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