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A Dry White Season

1989, Drama, 1h 37m

73 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A striking triumph for director Euzhan Palcy, A Dry White Season offers a condemnation of real-world injustice in the shape of a gripping legal thriller. Read critic reviews

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Teacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland) mostly ignores the problems of apartheid in South Africa until he discovers that the son of a gardener (Winston Ntshona) at his school has been killed by corrupt policeman Stolz (Jürgen Prochnow). Du Toit persuades human rights attorney Ian McKenzie (Marlon Brando) to try the long-shot case against Stolz. During the trial, Du Toit's transformation into an advocate for justice is so absolute that it distances him from his family.

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  • Mar 23, 2022
    A movie of subtle rage and pointed observations about the ways minds are changed (and just as often not changed) as well as the near impossible yet necessary task of resisting totalitarianism in all of its forms.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2009
    It's too bad that such a well-intentioned movie is so mediocre. Cliche-riddled, convoluted writing and often haphazard choices made by director Euzhan Palcy are too blatant too be ignored. Donald Sutherland is a convincing but uncompelling lead, and Susan Sarandon's vocal work is laughable. In a shamefully small amount of screen time, Marlon Brando leaves a stronger impression than anyone else in the movie.
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  • May 28, 2007
    Good film. Brando has a small role which he plays quite well. Sutherland is very good.
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