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Lumumba (2001)



Critic Consensus: Ebouaney's fiery performance makes Lumumba compelling.

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The story of political leader Patrice Lumumba, Congo's first prime minister who helped lead his country to independence from Belgium in the late 1950s. Lumumba's vision of a united Africa gained him powerful enemies: the Belgian authorities, who wanted a much more paternal role in their former colony's affairs, and the CIA, who supported Lumumba's former friend Joseph Mobutu. This was in order to protect U.S. business interests in Congo's vast resources and their upper hand in the Cold War power balance. During the tenuous first six months of Congo's independence when civil war threatened to erupt, Lumumba tried to quell hostilities but was eventually betrayed by Mobutu whom he had appointed as head of the army. In 1961 with several conspiracies occurring at once, Lumumba met a brutal death--a mere nine months after becoming the country's first Prime Minister.

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Eriq Ebouaney
as Patrice Lumumba
Alex Descas
as Joseph Mobutu
Theophile Sowie
as Maurice Mpolo
Maka Kotto
as Joseph Kasa Vubu
Dieudonné Kabongo
as Godefroid Munungo
Pascal N'Zonzi
as Moise Tshombe
Andre Debaar
as Walter J. Ganshof Van der Meersch
Cheik Doukoure
as Joseph Okito
Oumar Diop Makena
as Thomas Kanza
Mariam Kaba
as Pauline Lumumba
Rudi Delhem
as General Emile Janssens
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Critic Reviews for Lumumba

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (24)

Peck, who assayed Lumumba's life in a 1991 documentary, now paces the doomed man's story like the genuine thriller it is.

October 21, 2002

At the heart of the movie is Ebouaney's performance as Lumumba, every bit as intense as Denzel Washington's as Malcolm X.

November 16, 2001

Ebouaney is easily the best thing about this import.

November 9, 2001

An engrossing film that attempts to unearth a dark period of African history and the short-lived tenure of Lumumba's power.

November 1, 2001 | Full Review…

The vividness of the figures and situations whets the appetite.

October 19, 2001

Ebouaney is given the daunting task of carrying a heavy film, and rises to the challenge with Denzel Washington-esque conviction.

October 4, 2001 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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