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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.2/10 (1,364 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Pete Travis

Stars: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller

A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.


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

Willem de Klerk

Stephen Jennings

Kobie Coetsee

Patrick Lyster

Sampie Terreblanche

Ramon Tikaram

Aziz Pahad

Danny Scheinmann

Albie Sachs

Porteus Xandau Steenkamp

Christo Brand

(as Porteus Xandau)

Inspired by a true story that changed the world


Official Website:
Channel 4 [uk] |
Official site |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2009

Filming Locations: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Opening Weekend: $1,608
(8 November 2009)
(14 Screens)

Gross: $9,645
(17 January 2010)

Technical Specs



Revealing mistakes:
At the beginning of the movie it clearly shows that the speedometer is at 0 while driving down the road.


When the IRA decided to negotiate a peaceful solution to the Irish conflict, they secretly turned to the ANC
[African National Congress]

for advise on how to do it. They are now advising Hamas on the same strategy.

User Review

A hidden revolution

Rating: 8/10

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.