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Mandela and de Klerk
Mandela and de Klerk
Actor: Sidney Poitier; Michael Caine; Tina Lifford
Director: Joseph Sargent
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
PG-13     2005     1hr 54min

Mandela & De Klerk was filmed in South Africa. Most of the locations are those where the actual events took place, and the dramatized sequences are augmented with newsreel footage to ensure the most accurate portrayal poss...  more »


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Actor: Sidney Poitier; Michael Caine; Tina Lifford
Director: Joseph Sargent
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Drama, All Made-for-TV Movies, African American Cinema
Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/07/2005
Original Release Date: 02/16/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 02/16/1997
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: Afrikaans, English
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Movie Reviews

When Vision Is Not Enough...Make It Reality!
Jean Goss | 11/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video is an excellent follow-up to the former video produced where Danny Glover plays Mr. Mandela. It takes up where the other video leaves off! Not only does it do an excellent job of portraying the struggle of a people but enables you to see all prospectives involved, namely those of the white South African community. My whole family is inspired by the life of Mr. Mandela and all those involved. And after seeing this version of the circumstances, I was able to see the sacrifices of Mr. DeKlerk also! I am inspired to achieve those visions in my own life and not to fear what man or society may do to me! Thank God for men with a vision and a will to see it became a reality!"
Best Documentary-Drama about Nelson Mandela so far.
Magickal Merlin | Death Valley-SoCal | 12/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have not figured out, why someone like Spike Lee ,has not done a film about Nelson Mandela yet.He could have cast Morgan Freeman.He was in the excellent short film ,'Death of a Prophet'(1972),about the remaining days of Malcolm X's life.This film ,'Mandela and deKlerk',is above average.But, would have done better if it had stayed true with his autobiographical story,'The Long Walk to Freedom'.I saw the deKlerk role as a filler and the film focusing less on Mandela's political struggle and search for equal justice.The long walk to freedom is not just Mandela's personal struggle and for his Afrikan people but all just people of the world.Let's hope another film takes a closer look at Nelson Mandela's story and credo.Before history repeats itself."
Time Mag called this relationship a fascinating pas de deux
Baking Enthusiast | Chicago, IL USA | 06/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Mandela and de Klerk" is a 1997 made-for-TV docudrama that a history buff shouldn't miss. I didn't even know of this until this month (Could this have been so under the radar or was my rock difficult to climb out of?). The film chronicles the efforts of then South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk to release anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela from prison and pave the way for a new constitution and abolishment of apartheid. This is, of course, an extremely simplified synopsis of the film. The film itself is quite complex, primarily because the central characters - Mandela and de Klerk - are complex individuals, as one would expect of history makers. Their relationship was cagey at best, and both men seem larger than life, skillfully bartering with the powers they held and keeping at bay the forces that would have easily exploded into civil war. Add to this the magic that is Poitier and Caine, and I assure you, this will be one of the best hour-and-a-half you'll spend.

The negotiations between the two central characters dominate the film. To fully appreciate these exchanges, I found it helpful to brush up on some basics (e.g., the African National Congress and its raison d'etre, Die Groot Krokodil or P.W. Botha, the staunch defender of apartheid, etc.). Even without these preparations, the film is so expertly plotted and scripted that the viewer walks away having learned a great deal of Pres. Mandela's intelligence and struggles, and appreciating the equally intelligent and progressive Afrikaner, de Klerk. As god-like as they would seem, I admired the filmmaker's refusal to deify both men. They are depicted as the very real people that they are, faults and all. They resent each other, they attack each other, they abhor each other, and they make grand history together. What a film!"
Mandela and De Klerk
Laura Smith | 10/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was "blown away" by the emotion and honesty of this movie! I was so moved that I'm now reading Nelson Mandela's autobiography!"