• Invictus (2009)


Release Date: December 11th, 2009

DVD Release Date: May 18th, 2010

PG-13 |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

Following the fall of apartheid, newly elected President Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) faces a South Africa that is racially and economically divided. Believing he can unite his countrymen through the universal language of sport, Mandela joins forces with Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), captain of the rugby team, to rally South Africans behind a bid for the 1995 World Cup Championship.

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Marguerite Wheatley

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Malpaso Company, Revelations Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions

Keywords: Rivalry, Competition, Intense, Inspiring, 1990s, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Bob MondelloNPR

    Freeman's Mandela, however, is pretty marvelous -- so persuasive in gesture, in bearing, in that signature mix of gravitas and twinkle, even in accent -- that when a shot of the real Mandela appears over the final credits, it's momentarily jarring to realize you've been watching an impersonation. show more

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A temperate, evenhanded perhaps overly timid film about an intemperate time in South Africa. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Eastwood's modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating. In a rare achievement, he's made a film that truly is good for the soul. show more

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