Newly elected president Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman with pomp and circumstance) uses rugby, and especially Springboks captain Francois Pienaar (plucky Matt Damon with Afrikaans accent), to help unite and reconcile blacks and whites in post-apartheid South Africa. The sports sequences at the 1995 Rugby World Cup are exciting and director Clint Eastwood knows how to milk a moral procedural for all it’s worth, but Anthony Peckham’s screenplay (adapted from John Carlin’s book) forgets to fill in all but the most necessary of the dramatic niceties. Might as well have been a documentary. Actor Tony Kgoroge does a nice job with the part of Mandela’s security chief (134 min.).
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Anthony Peckham and John Carlin
Producer: Clint Eastwood and Mace Neufeld
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Scott Eastwood, Robert Hobbs, Langley Kirkwood, Bonnie Henna, Grant Roberts and Patrick Holland