• Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Release Date: November 29th, 2013

DVD Release Date: March 18th, 2014

PG-13 |2 hr 26 min

Plot Summary

The remarkable life of South African revolutionary, president and world icon Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) takes center stage. Though he had humble beginnings as a herd boy in a rural village, Mandela became involved in the anti-apartheid movement and co-founded the African National Congress Youth League. His activities eventually led to his imprisonment on Robben Island from 1964 to 1990. In 1994, Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa.

Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwi Matshikiza, Deon Lotz, Terry Pheto

Director: Justin Chadwick

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Videovision Entertainment

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Keywords: Fascinating , Emotional , Underdog , 1980s , Pursuit , Inspiring , 2010s , 1990s , Sacrifice , 2000s , 1950s , 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Mandela is straightforward storytelling of a type that’s somewhat out of fashion, but ultimately no less stirring for it. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A conventional biopic made anything but conventional by the magnitude of its subject's life and accomplishments, and by Idris Elba's imposing performance in the title role. show more

  • 40
    Jordan HoffmanFilm.com

    He spent 28 years in prison and this is what he gets? show more

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Music (Original Song)