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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
Julie Strijdom
as Lucy Van Tonder
Eric Miyeni
as Bantebe
Gavin Mey
as White Policeman 1
Stan Leih
as White Policeman 2
Joseph Munyama
as Black Policeman 1
Gift Burnett
as Philomen
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

A handsomely crafted, potently played drama that brings the issue of apartheid down to a visceral human dimension.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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Involving and complex ...

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A big, angry, extremely well-acted movie about the powder keg labeled South Africa.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
New York Times
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The result is a surprisingly powerful, insightful film. The dramatic curve of the narrative may not seem entirely fresh, and some of the characters are simplistic, but the movie still gets to you.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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The movie may carry all the right sentiments, but it's essentially a secondhand achievement, a politically correct rehashing of better work.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Inteligente e sensível, Bopha traz uma performance marcante de Glover e é dirigido com segurança por Morgan Freeman - que deveria trabalhar mais atrás das câmeras.

February 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
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