The Power of One (1992)



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John G. Avildsen, director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, adapts Bryce Courtenay's compassionate novel about the coming of age of a white anti-apartheid activist during the years of World War II in South Africa. Avildsen cumbersomely grafts Courtenay's tale of fighting apartheid onto a Hollywood-style fight-for-the-championship bout. Seven-year-old P.K. (Guy Witcher) is a white South African raised on his family's farm by his Zulu nanny. When his mother takes ill, he is sent away to an Afrikaner … More

Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Mark Kamen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 1999
Warner Home Video


as PK (age 18)

as Geel Piet

as Headmaster

as Maria Marais

as Fay Masterson

as PK (age 12)

as PK (age 7)

as Sergeant Jaapie Both...

as Gideon Duma

as Hoppie Gruenwald

as Professor Daniel Mar...

as Midwife

as PK (as a newborn)

as PK (as an infant)

as Tonderai Infant

as Lieutenant Smit

as Ranch Foreman

as Afrikaner Minister

as Jaapie Botha

as Minister at Mother's...

as Dabula Manzi

as Grandfather

as Kommandant Van Zyl

as Sergeant Bormann

as Lieutenant Smit

as Mlungisi

as Prison Commissioner

as Morrie Guilbert

as School Fight Opponen...

as Referee

as 1st Maria's Friend

as 2nd Maria's Friend

as Man Without Pass

as 1st Van Cop

as School Fight Opponen...

as 2nd Van Cop

as Andreas Malan

as Boxing Partner

as 1st City Cop

as 2nd City Cop

as Colonel Bretyn

as Miriam Sisulu

as Indian Referee

as Nganga Ancient Woman

as Ticket Taker

as Student

as Student

as Student

as Student

as Student

as Date at Dinner

as 1st Man Guest

as Minister at Maria's ...

as Woman Guest

as Boy Who Reads
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Critic Reviews for The Power of One

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

Beautifully produced and gorgeously shot on location in Zimbabwe by lenser Dean Semler, picture has depth, dimension and first-rate casting.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Top Critic

Avildsen draws good performances from the three actors who play PK, as well as from the ever-reliable Freeman and Müller-Stahl, but subtlety is abandoned when he focuses on the ring and teen romance.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's facile treatment of racial issues may be enough to bring back the practice of throwing tomatoes at the screen.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A violent cartoon that trivializes apartheid. If there's any justice, the birds of loneliness will be circling the box office.

Full Review… | May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Though rife with worthy intentions and great notions, this populist safari manages to be both patronizing and manipulative.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's resounding bunk, candied over with the lush music of Johnny Clegg and hyped to death by director John ("Rocky") Avildsen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Power of One

Another movie I had to watch in school about apartheid in South Africa. This is one of the best of the bunch, I think. It's exciting and dramatic and has a lot of good actors. If you want to see a movie on the subject, I'd recommend this one.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Ladies and gentlemen, here is an example of a very rare type of film, a mediocre one. Truly mediocre, equal parts bad and good, one of the worst kind of movies to watch. Why are they so bad to watch? A good film, well, you enjoy it, and a bad film can be made fun of for a good laugh. But The Power of One has some great performances (Morgan Freeman, and a very young Daniel Craig), but the absolutely shoddy writing hurts it. The movie is decent up until the last 20 minutes in which (SLIGHT SPOILERS) a main character is killed in a borderline hilarious fashion (felt like it was part of a Monty Python skit, not a serious dramatic death). The last 20 minutes try to end the movie as quickly as it can, so the ending feels rushed and to top if all off, has NO closure to speak of. NONE. Don't recommend this one, only if you're desperate to watch Morgan Freeman or Daniel Craig.

Jacob Ethington
Jacob Ethington

Super Reviewer


Great movie...Good soundtrack...Nice ^_^

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

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