Invictus (2009)



Critic Consensus: Delivered with typically stately precision from director Clint Eastwood, Invictus may not be rousing enough for some viewers, but Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction.

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The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Morgan Freeman
as Nelson Mandela
Matt Damon
as Francois Pienaar
Tony Kgoroge
as Jason Tshabalala
Patrick Mofokeng
as Linga Moonsamy
Matt Stern
as Hendrick Booyens
Julian Lewis Jones
as Etienne Feyder
Adjoa Andoh
as Brenda Mazibuko
Patrick Lyster
as Mr. Pienaar
Penny Downie
as Mrs. Pineaar
Bonnie Henna
as Zindzi
Shakes Myeko
as Minister of Sport
Louis Minaar
as Springbok Coach
Danny Keogh
as Rugby President
Robin Smith
as Johan De Villiers
David Dukas
as Captain of 747
Grant Brett Swanby
as Co-Captain of 747
Josias Moleele
as Face Painter
Langley Kirkwood
as Presidential Guard
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Presidential Guard
Melusi Yeni
as Presidential Guard
Daniel Hadebe
as Presidential Guard
Vuyo Dabula
as Presidential Guard
Jodi Botha
as High School Boy
Hennie Bosman
as High School Coach
Jakkie Groenewald
as Johannesburg Cop
Murray Todd
as Johannesburg Cop
Japan Mthembu
as Local Cop
Albert Maritz
as Springbok Manager
Sello Motloung
as Mandela's Doctor
Meren Reddy
as Minister of the Environment
Lida Botha
as Mrs. Brits
Susan Danford
as Mrs. Cole
Sylvia Mngxekeza
as Mrs. Dlamini
James Lithgow
as New Zealand PM
Malusi Skenjana
as NSC Firebrand
Bart Fouche
as Prison Guard
Johnny Cicco
as Staff Member
Wayne Harrison
as Staff Member
Ashley Taylor
as Team Crew
Gift Loetlela
as Team Crew
Given Stuurman
as Township Kid
Vuyolwethu Stevens
as Township Kid
Ayabulela Stevens
as Township Kid
Nambitha Mpumlwana
as Trophy Wife
Andre Jacobs
as TV Announcer
JR Redlinghaus
as Helicopter Pilot
McNeil Hendricks
as Chester Williams
Zak Feaunati
as Jonah Lomu
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Critic Reviews for Invictus

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (44)

A noble and compassionate work that in its later scenes manages successfully to invest our emotions in the triumph of an important - if overlong! - sporting victory.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Time Out
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What Eastwood has done is to assemble a cast of American and South African actors and allow them to create something moving, exciting, and improbably true.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
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Freeman-as-Mandela is an actor all dressed up with no place to go -- at least, nowhere we didn't already know he was headed.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Top Critic

The story of how Nelson Mandela chose the white-supported national rugby team, the Springboks, to become a symbol of national reconciliation is uncharacteristically optimistic for Eastwood.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Globe and Mail
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[T]he epitome of Hollywood filmmaking in ways both good and bad: uplifting, overlong, ambitious in scope but simple in moral vision, well-crafted but inured to irony.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
The New Republic
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A work of flawed majesty.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Invictus


Freeman brings Nelson Mandela to life in an exceptional performance indeed but this barely ordinary drama - inspiring as it may be - fails to match the greatness of its real-life character due to Eastwood's poor directing choices and blatant political naiveté.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A moving film but not as powerful as I anticipated. Nevertheless, it does have an important message and reminds one of the great heroism and uncertainty of post-Apartheid South Africa. Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman both give noteworthy performances.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Sports movies usual have social/political redemption/justification as a subplot and Eastwood's entree here is no different, with racial equality thrown in on the side. You know the ending from the very first. And so its up to his leads to carry the weight of "its more than just a game" ballast, which Freeman and Damon admirably do w/o a problem. I learned a bit about rugby, and South Africa seems more of a welcoming place now, so its "mission accomplished!".

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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