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Invictus (2009) Movie Information

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Clint Eastwood


Matt Damon
Morgan Freeman
Scott Eastwood
Robert Hobbs
Grant Roberts
Langley Kirkwood





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After the fall of apartheid in South Africa, newly-elected president Nelson Mandela must find a way to unite the people of his still-divided nation and finds a common interest with the popular rugby team. -- Chris Kavan

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Ikkinbot 02/27/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I love this movie. It gets me every time. Unsurprisingly, Morgan Freeman makes this movie. Matt Damon is also good, but he isn't Morgan Freeman as Mandela. If this movie doesn't make you slightly obsessed with Rugby and Mandela there is something wrong with you.

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mitchellyoung 08/01/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A unifying sports film that moves beyond politics to become a story of simple human victory. Morgan Freeman is, as expected, commanding as Nelson Mandela, but it is Matt Damon who surprises here with a nuanced portrait of a rugby striker that is equally as strong as Freeman's portrayal.

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patjohnson76 12/23/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A good film as usual from Clint Eastwood, with great performances from Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story is about how Nelson Mandela used the South African rugby team to help unite his bitterly divided country. I wasn't really familiar with the story so it was exciting all the way to the end. This will be one you'll be hearing about come awards season.

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05/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Very inspiring!

The inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Though the movie is primarily about South Africa's challenge in winning the rugby World Cup against insurmountable odds, I found the story of Mandela's emergence from prison to prominence and power equally as fascinating. During the first half of Invictus, we follow the character of Nelson Mandela on the following days to his election as a President; however, on the second half, the screenplay changes its focus and it becomes a sport movie, dedicating most of the time to a very important rugby match which was very exciting. Enlightening, heartwarming, Freeman was superbly cast and the character of Mandela i...

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01/15/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Inspirational sports movie with some politics

A good sports film that also inter splices politics well. The film shows Nelson Mandela as wanting to unite the country under the South African Rugby team. It lays out why this is important to the country and how Mandela does it incredibly well. After it lays that out though it does actually become a standard inspirational sports movie but a well done one. This movie works because it does not take unnecessary sides and merely gives all the characters their due. I particularly likes the details of the security details with the blacks and whites interacting there. It is not perfect though because rugby as shown in the film can be somewhat boring to me anyways and the use of computer graphics is distracting and does not seem to be Clint Eastwood forte.

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12/14/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Eastwood, Freeman, Rugby - A Winning Combination

If you're expecting a biopic or a really deep look into Nelson Mandela, you'll probably be disappointed. However, as long as you're not seeking any revelations, and enjoy the film for what it is, you will be impressed.

Clint Eastwood has rarely disappointed as director. I think Invictus is another victory. First off, the casting is impeccable. I can think of nobody better than Morgan Freeman to play Mandela. It's a tailor-made role. He brings the right inflection to play the leader of a country teetering between its new-found freedom and its simmering tension. Yet some of his best scenes are when he's having a good time - dancing, making a friendly wager, cheering for his team - even Mandela has a light side and it's great to see that Freeman can be serious but still have a playful sid...

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