Master Harold...and the Boys 2010

Master Harold... and the Boys

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Hally (Freddie Highmore), an adolescent white South African, deals with his father's racism while learning important life lessons from Sam (Ving Rhames), a black waiter.

Cast & Crew

Justin Stein
Bully
Jennifer Steyn
Betty Ballard
Michael Maxwell
Harold Ballard
Zoliswa Kawe
Myriam
Nicky Rebello
Screenwriter
George Belshaw
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Raimund Berens
Executive Producer
Reuben Cannon
Executive Producer
Peter Dale
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Lance Gewer
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Ronelle Loots
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Pierre Vienings
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Critic Reviews for Master Harold...and the Boys

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  • Superbly directed on a low budget by Lonny Price (who played Hally in the original Broadway run), Master Harold ... and the Boys packs a punch.

    March 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This film version never quite clicks because of a lack of ensemble chemistry with its three main stars.

    November 6, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Master Harold...and the Boys

  • Jan 18, 2012
    I worked on a production of this stage play in college. It is an interesting alternative to the Oscar contender The Help. It is freed a bit from its constraints as a stage play during the opening credits and by including Hally's parents as characters. Master Harold, or Hally informally, has formed friendships with Sam and Willie who work at his parents' restaurant. Sam especially has been there for most of Hally youth more than his father has. However, as a white "master" in Apartheid South Africa, Hally fluctuates between treating his friends with respect and dignity and snapping at them in the way his father and culture tell him he should. Hally struggles with who he is. I had forgotten that a major part of the story, which reveals a lot about Hally's inner being, is about how embarrassed and ashamed he is of his father. Ving Rhames, as Sam, carries himself with a regal bearing through demonstrating dance (an important symbol) and all the injustices he faces. This is a good drama.
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