One of my all time favourites. A wonderful true story well told. You don't have to be a rugby fan to appreciate this. It's just a small snapshot in the incredible life Nelson Mandela. The movie has everything. True story, excitement, patriotism, human emotions, the change of a nation, plus is there anything Matt Damon can't do. Geez. Also to me a movie about rugby involving so many Americans shows what a wonderful story it is. And they made the rugby look awesome.
Truly inspirational, very well acted. Accents were excellent. I am NOT a rugby fan, but the movie really wasn't about rugby but rather about forgiveness, being willing to change, team work, and belief in one's ability to extend beyond what you think you can achieve.
We aqll truly enjoyed the movie, throughly and was quite family friendly and a few small details, of modern life was able to be sighted and even the youngen's noticed the newer vehicles, too.
A must for any rugby fan, and we all got into the spirit of the games and atomsphere too.
Would reconmend to others, to view this movie at this once within their lifetime.
Inspiring...great show for the family
very slow, but interesting factually
This was very average. In most good team sport movies the final game is tense and exciting...this was very dull. Poorly directed and disappointingly acted.
A truly inspiring and uplifting film, showing that self belief can triumph. It is also a truly special account of the wonderful humanitarian Mandela (played beautifully by Morgan Freeman) and learning of his wonderful philosophy. It's a film not to be missed!
Not very well done, disappointed in it really.
Excellent film. Morgan Freeman's accent could have been better, Matt Damon's was passable, but despite that the film was still very worthwhile. If you are not a rugby fan however, this might not be for you.
Surprised at all the 5 star reviews. Good movie, Morgan Freeman always brilliant buy maybe it's because I dont like Rugby but found the story a bit boring, fell asleep when watching for the first time and had to finish watching it the next day.
This is a great movie. Makes you realise what a wonderful man Nelson Mandella is. Morgan Freeman was truly inspiring in this role
enjoyed the movie, was very good story. Thank's
Wonderful. Inpsirational. Morgan Freeman WAS Nelson Mandela.
bloody brilliant even brought a tear to the eye, if it doesnt for you all I can say no feelings.
Love it!!! What an inspiring story ... great acting, but I do love anything that has Morgan Freeman in it. Well worth watching!!!
Great movie, wonderful inspiration wish the leaders were all the same
GREAT MOVIE WISHED I COULD MEET MANDELLA
A good story, excellent casting with Morgan Freeman and great direction by Clint Eastwood.
top movie, top actors - really really enjoyed
Great movie! Morgan Freeman plays a great Mandela! Not a sport fanatic but areally good movie!
Good Movie, I always like Morgan Freeman. He played a great part as Nelson M. A moving and inspiring Movie even if you dont like rugby. 3.5 stars
A good true story - good acting and hopeful - recommended
Uplifting film. Highly Recommended
Highly recommended, intelligent movie.
Standout performances, great telling of a story
Fabulous Movie.. A must see for all who respect and admire Nelson Mandela.
A very good movie well acted and a great story ine.
Not knowing a lot about this movie I was pleasantly surprised. Great actors, great director and a compelling story that's inspiring from both for both life and in a sporting sense.
I really enjoyed this movie as it was based on real life in Africa and it kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through.
Great story of a great man. Actors did a great job. The audio/sound/voices hard to follow in the beginning of the movie. Their should be more people like Nelson Mandella in the world.
morgan freeman and matt damon perform greatly in this film showing the bravery and determination with every scene.
Found it boring .Didn't finish it
Not a bad movie considering I don't like rugby. A good performance from Morgan Freeman (as always). A feel good/uplifting movie.
wonderful movie. Very inspiring
Really enjoyed this! Gave me a better insight of Mandela and that era.
Really interesting - had no idea of the facts around Nelson Mandela and how he changed things until this movie
When I received this movie I wondered why I had ordered it. Rugby? Me? I'm a baby boomer woman
Very interesting - clarified history for me.
A well-acted, entertaining movie on Nelson Mandela's role in inspiring the Springboks to prevail in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.
When Nelson Mandela resumes the leadership of South Africa he targets the popular football team to help him win over the divided population. The film concentrates on the football teams battle against their football rivals as well as the colour prejudices. The action is fast and furios on the field and the South African team wins the game and the heart of the nation.
love this film would recommend good upliftng movie
Absolutely loved this movie, what a lovely man!!!
A good clean inspiring story
A rich and exciting conversation about this period of South Africa's history. Thoroughly watchable and we actually learn something! Freeman brings through to us the amazing faith, wisdom and strength of Mandela beautifully. Damon was marvellous to watch to, as were the actors who played the supporting staff of Mandela, particularly his personal secretary.
Excellent in every way. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Nelson Mandela inspires the Springboks to victory and in the process restores national pride. Another workmanlike rather than innovative offering from Eastwood. At times the exposition is a little too obvious and the added threat scenes unneccessary, but overall it is a good watch. 3.5 stars
great film , even if you don't care about sport - not a film to watch with the wife , its a who's he , what , i din't get it ....
Great motivational true story. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
I hate to say it as I love Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood as a Director...however this was a rather big yawn. Well cast but just tooo long.
Good film without being excellent. The story is inspirational, but the film itself is not. Matt Damon's Afrikaaner accent is not convincing, although is portrayal of Francios Pienaar is a good one.
I have to say this is probably one of the best and most inspiring movies i've seen in quite a while. I personally borrowed it because Matt damon starred in it as i've found his movies to be quite meaningful ones in general, and was not disappointed. You don't need to be a rugby fan to enjoy this movie and I feel mandela's core message is represented in this movie quite strongly. If your looking for a bit of inspiration, this I would say is definitely one to watch.
Great story but could have been so much more. Matt Damon's performance was excellent. Morgan Freeman should stick to American accents.
Thought this would be a "Football/Sports" movie but was thoroughly surprised at the story line. Wonderful story of the strength of character and foresight of the great Mandela, a part played with excellence by Morgan Freeman.
If your thinking of a moving, inspiring tale, this ones for you. Thoroughly recommended as an enjoyable movie.
Very slow, and hard to understand their bad Sth African accents. I didnt even watch it all!
Great film, inspirational story.
Really disappointing. The accents were for the most part atrocious and the main reason I didn't watch this to completion (and it's not that I mind watching a bit of rugby either). I'm normally a fan of Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood as director, but this was slow, boring and those accents.
I found it a bit misleading I expected far more depth about Mandela rather than just tokenism , instead it manly related to how Sth Africa won the World Rugby Cup. Movies was very slow and the script a bit basic, could have been much better , little effort required by quality actors like Freeman and Damon, and basic direction from Eastwood finding it difficult to combine politics with sport. Expected far more from those three. The St African accent was distracting and involved wooden acting from the lesser actors. Summing up, disappointing nights entertainment only worth 2 stars.
Brillinat, and how we could all learn from this. Coming together IS what it is all about and with that we can acheive so much inwardly and outwardly.
Very enjoyable. Well acted by Morgan Freeman.
Fantastic story although thought the pace was a bit slow until the final match. Could have been a much more emotional journey as we didn't really get to know and connect to any of the characters other than Mandela. Great acting by Morgan Freeman and worth the watch if nothing else but to celebrate Nelson Mandela and what he has achieved.
Good flick. Mandella is truly a great man and Freeman's portrayal of his philosophy and commitment to doing the right thing was a constant source of warm fuzzies for me while watching this film. Damon did a commendable job both with the accent and his physicality on screen. Only thing I'll say is that the build to climax seemed strained as I'd wager Eastwood didn't understand how to make Rugby an exciting contest, but that is nit picking. Well worth a look for Human Rights and Rugby enthusiasts alike.
This movie managed to tread the fine line between having a heart and without being overly sentimental. The portrayal of Nelson Mandela by Morgan Freeman was superb. The lack of spite and revenge in Mandela after his release is very inspiring. The rugby scenes were well done, but you don't have to be a sports nut to appreciate the movie.
GREAT MOVIE!!!client eastwood=amazing director, morgan freeman=amazing actor!
one of the best movies ive seen in a long time!
Enjoyable movie.... can't say it's MF's or MD greatest work; but, it was enjoyable to watch. Those wanting to continue romantic view of the "unknown" South Africa. Watch the movie and solidify your dream.
Well acted and worth the night in. Great story and outcome.
As a rugby fan from NZ I loved it, brought back memories and the histroy behind South African rugby
Loved the movie, had a lovely message in it.
Morgan Freeman was great as Mandela. Some of the rugby scenes looked amateurish. Overall this movie was a bit disappointing.
The build up to the World Cup is quite good, in that it follows Mandela's rise to presidency and his initial time in power. However, the movie really lost our interest for the last 20 minutes or so as it focussed on the final game. There was no real excitement or tension, even in such a close game, and I think Clint really missed the mark with the on-field action. Freeman was born to play Mandela and does a fine job and Daomn makes a good Springbok captain. 2 and a half stars.
Great movie and I thought well acted. What a shame the world throws up so few true leaders like Mandela rather than the normal self serving hacks that comprise most of the world's political leadership. This is an inspirational movie although you do have to relate at least in some way to rugby.
Uplifting and heart warming film - great sunday afternoon viewing.
Powerful movie,what an amazing man Mandella is.Just shows what one person can do to change the coarse of a nation(although in this case it did help being the President). Many other world leaders could take a leaf out of his book . I'm just an average person with average intelligence but it doesn't take a genius to see from this movie that we all have the power to make positive changes whether they be big or small.
absolutely fantastic movie, well directed by clint eastwood, and perfect performance s by Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon,, showed how sport can bring all nations together, the story just flowed through perfectely
For a non rugby fan, all the rugby playing in this movie is dead boring. Even a mix of politics and some inspirational speeches cannot save it. Perhaps the rugby was even more boring than normal with lots of slow motion and exaggerated noise of body clashes. As the team captain, Matt Damon had very little to say. Why couldn't they have got a real South African rugby player to play the part? Surely there must be some capable of a little acting. And how about a Maori to lead the haka? All the speech-making came from Morgan Freeman's Mandela, and it all got a bit too much. Politics and rugby, a recipe for boring.
Dodgy accents and no mention of the All Blacks being poisoned. But still enjoyable enough.