Bopha! (1993)




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This 1993 film adaptation of Percy Mtwa's South African play +Bopha was rendered anachronistic by late-breaking events, though it still contains plenty of food for thought. Danny Glover stars as a black police officer in the waning days of apartheid. Though dedicated to his job, Glover has mixed feelings concerning his loyalty to the white status quo. His self-doubt is further intensified by the rabidly racist remarks of his new superior, Malcolm McDowell. Making things even more difficult for Glover is the increasing radicalization of his own son (Maynard Eziachi). Percy Mtwa's "never forgive, never foreget" subtext will be unsettling for some viewers-just as it was intended to be. Alfre Woodard, who previously played Winnie to Danny Glover's Nelson in the 1987 TV biopic Mandela, is again cast as Glover's wife. Bopha was coproduced by talkshow host Arsenio Hall, and directed by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
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Danny Glover
as Micah Mangena
Alfre Woodard
as Rosie Mangena
Malcolm McDowell
as De Villiers
Maynard Eziashi
as Zweli Mangena
Marius Weyers
as Van Tonder
Malick Bowens
as Pule Rampa
Grace Mahlaba
as Thokozile Machikano
Robin Smith
as Reteif
Julie Strijdom
as Lucy Van Tonder
Peter Kampila
as Nonsizi
Eric Miyeni
as Bantebe
Gavin Mey
as White Policeman 1
Stan Leih
as White Policeman 2
Joseph Munyama
as Black Policeman 1
Zilla Mamansi
as Teacher
Gift Burnett
as Philomen
Ackim Mwale
as Priest
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Audience Reviews for Bopha!

some issues are worth fighting for. depending on where you live, that fight could mean life or death.

Keela D
Keela D

The theatrical directing debut of actor Morgan Freeman is a handsomely crafted, potently played drama that brings the issue of apartheid down to a visceral human dimension.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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