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.

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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.
PG-13 (for thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
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Tim Robbins
as Nic Vos
Derek Luke
as Patrick Chamusso
Bonnie Henna
as Precious Chamusso
Mncedisi Shabangu
as Zuko September
Terry Pheto
as Miriam
Michele Burgers
as Anna Vos
Mpho Lovinga
as Johnny Piliso
as Pete My Baby
Jessica Anstey
as Katie Vos
Charlotte Savage
as Marie Vos
Nomhlé Nkyonyeni
as Mama Dorothy
Nomhle Nkonyeni
as Mama Dorothy
Michael Mabizela
as Shaven Head Bomber
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Special Branch Lieutenant
Onthatile Ramasodi
as Lindiwe Chamusso
Ziizi Mahlati
as Albertina Chamusso
Malcolm Purkey
as Joe Slovo
Robyn Slovo
as Ruth First
Harriet Lenabe
as ANC Swaziland Operative
Harriet Manamela
as ANC Swaziland Operative
Susan Danford
as White Madam
Justin Shaw
as Young Roadblock Policeman
Anthony Bishop
as Roadblock Police Commander
Marius Weyers
as Police Brigadier
Martin Le Maitre
as Border Official
Richard Nwamba
as Mozambican Solider
Carel Trichardt
as South African Minister
Vanessa Cooke
as Widow at Mine Shaft
Lennox Mathabathe
as Angola Military Instructor
Martin LeMaitre
as Border Official
Kgosi Mongake
as Soccer Captain
Ian Roussouw
as Torture Policeman #1
Anrich Herbst
as Torture Policeman #2
Brandon Auret
as Army Commandant
Jet Novuka
as Black Security Branch Policeman
Sibusiso Mhlongo
as Passport Photographer
Mpho Osei Tutu
as Shanghai
Eckard Rabe
as Secunda Security Chief
Dan Robbertse
as Secunda Security Guard
Waldemar Schultz
as Secunda Instructor
Mathoto Matsetela
as Pretty Girl at Phone Booth
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 Bomber
Dexter Nwanya
as Male Railway Bomber
Kholosa Tshandana
as Female Cadre with AK47
Makgano Mamabolo
as ANC Woman Typist
Jonathan Pienaar
as Mechanic in Swaziland
Grant Brett Swanby
as Roadblock Policeman
Thabo Bopape
as Security Branch Policeman
Erno Van Dyk
as Security Branch Policeman
Dirk Vermeulen
as Security Branch Policeman
Johan Van Der Merwe
as Security Branch Policeman
Bongani Manok
as Security Branch Policeman
Mahlubi Kraai
as Security Branch Policeman
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
Liaan Adriaan
as Drummer
Michael Phillip Simpson
as Bass Guitarist
David Mbatha
as Song Leader at Secunda Gates
Sindi Nontshinya
as Additonal Song Leader
Mirriam "Angela" Doshane
as Additonal Song Leader
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
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Critic Reviews for Catch a Fire

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (44)

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

Despite Mr. Noyce's attempt to achieve a sense of balance and restraint, the material covers an overly familiar landscape with no special insight or sense of purpose.

November 1, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

Catch a Fire ignites, incites and informs as few other movies of the fall do.

November 1, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Catch a Fire is confident enough to depict the battle from all sides.

Full Review… | November 1, 2006
Associated Press
Top Critic

[The film is] complex. It's rich. I think it's well-done.

October 31, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.
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
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
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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