Catch a Fire (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Catch a Fire (2006)



Critic Consensus: No stranger to the political thriller, director Phillip Noyce tackles apartheid and terrorism with experienced gusto, while Derek Luke and Tim Robbins hand in nuanced performances.

Movie Info

Based on the real-life story of Patrick Chamusso, this political thriller spans the years from South Africa's turbulent 1980s to the present day. Patrick is an oil refinery employee and soccer player who is apolitical--until he and his wife are brutalized by government-sanctioned terror squads. Shocked into action, Patrick reorients his sense of self and purpose. Even as policeman Nic Vos further insinuates himself into the lives of Patrick and his family, Patrick becomes a rebel fighter and political operative, staging daring solo attacks against the brutal apartheid regime. Change must and will come, not only for South Africa but also for Patrick, Nic, and those closest to them.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Shawn Slovo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2007
Box Office: $4.3M
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Tim Robbins
as Nic Vos
Derek Luke
as Patrick Chamusso
Bonnie Henna
as Precious Chamusso
Mncedisi Shabangu
as Zuko September
Mpho Lovinga
as Johnny Piliso
as Pete My Baby
Jessica Anstey
as Katie Vos
Nomhle Nkonyeni
as Mama Dorothy
Nomhlé Nkyonyeni
as Mama Dorothy
Michael Mabizela
as Shaven Head Bomber
Eduan Van Jaarsveld
as Special Branch Serge...
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Special Branch Lieut...
Onthatile Ramasodi
as Lindiwe Chamusso
Ziizi Mahlati
as Albertina Chamusso
Malcolm Purkey
as Joe Slovo
Robyn Slovo
as Ruth First
Harriet Manamela
as ANC Swaziland Operat...
Harriet Lenabe
as ANC Swaziland Operat...
Susan Danford
as White Madam
Anthony Bishop
as Roadblock Police Com...
Justin Shaw
as Young Roadblock Poli...
Marius Weyers
as Police Brigadier
Martin Le Maitre
as Border Official
Richard Nwamba
as Mozambican Solider
Carel Trichardt
as South African Minist...
Vanessa Cooke
as Widow at Mine Shaft
Lennox Mathabathe
as Angola Military Inst...
Martin LeMaitre
as Border Official
Kgosi Mongake
as Soccer Captain
Ian Roussouw
as Torture Policeman #1
Brandon Auret
as Army Commandant
Anrich Herbst
as Torture Policeman #2
Sibusiso Mhlongo
as Passport Photographe...
Jet Novuka
as Black Security Branc...
Eckard Rabe
as Secunda Security Chi...
Dan Robbertse
as Secunda Security Gua...
Waldemar Schultz
as Secunda Instructor
Mathoto Matsetela
as Pretty Girl at Phone...
Jabulani Ngwenya
as Soccer Boy
Kgaugelo Mpharala
as Soccer Player
David Tumahole
as Mozambican Corporal
Mantele Khomane
as Dancer at Wedding
Khutjo Mmola
as Female Railway Bombe...
Dexter Nwanya
as Male Railway Bomber
Kholosa Tshandana
as Female Cadre with AK...
Makgano Mamabolo
as ANC Woman Typist
Jonathan Pienaar
as Mechanic in Swazilan...
Grant Brett Swanby
as Roadblock Policeman
Thabo Bopape
as Security Branch Poli...
Erno Van Dyk
as Security Branch Poli...
Dirk Vermeulen
as Security Branch Poli...
Johan Van Der Merwe
as Security Branch Poli...
Bongani Manok
as Security Branch Poli...
Mahlubi Kraai
as Security Branch Poli...
Neels Classen
as Blonde Policeman
Onalenna Mokoboto
as Patrick's Son
Patrick Chamusso
as Patrick Chamusso
as ANC Funeral Singer
Zamajobe Sithole
as Wedding Singer
Fiorha Ntshauba
as Backup Vocals
Siphokazi Maroqana
as Backup Vocals
Dolly Gaehler
as Backup Vocals
Erik Pilani
as Guitarist
Ezra Erasmus
as Pianist
David Mbatha
as Song Leader at Secun...
Sindi Nontshinya
as Additonal Song Leade...
Mirriam "Angela" Dos...
as Additonal Song Leade...
Bongani Dlamini
as Freedom Singer
Bongani Maseko
as Freedom Singer
James Zuma
as Freedom Singer
Joseph Ngobeni
as Freedom Singer
Khali Phithi
as Freedom Singer
Malibongwe Yawu
as Freedom Singer
Sibongiseni Phakathi
as Freedom Singer
Thabo Magaretsa
as Freedom Singer
Veli Mavuso
as Freedom Singer
Vusi Simelane
as Freedom Singer
Zakhele Mabaso
as Freedom Singer
Justin Shaw
as Young Roadblock Poli...
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Critic Reviews for Catch a Fire

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (45)

Noyce is now the favorite filmmaker of your local Amnesty International

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

At its best when making the most of the conflicts at the heart of apartheid.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It doesn't quite have the adrenaline to be a great thriller, but Catch a Fire makes up for it with compelling characters and a genuinely important theme, skillfully told. There's not much else you can ask from a film than that.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011

Gritty apartheid drama pushes PG-13 limits.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

If Derek Luke's performance is anything to go by, than we might just have the next great actor of this generation.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Movies like Catch a Fire are perhaps the most banal sort to write about.

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for Catch a Fire


3 3/4's..Decent bio-drama. A little rough around the edges, but decently done. Derek Luke does a fine job. The story of what happened in this country is never a dull one.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

great film. derek luke and tim robbins put out two great performances and at times in the flick youre not sure which side to root for even though you know apartied is wrong. they really did this well and you can see the struggle of the opressed.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Liloh: And I realized nothing has changed. And I dont think South Africa will be ever Free from Whites and their terror against em.

This Movie was more than just a Movie. A great Friends recommendation and long review on her experience and the review on the movie made me watch this Movie twice.

Thank you Lilo

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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