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Movie Info

A lawyer (Steve Coogan) takes on the murder case of a prison guard traumatized by the executions he took part in.

Cast & Crew

Andrea Riseborough
Kathleen Marais
Steve Coogan
Johan Webber
Deon Lotz
Warrant Officer Rautenbach
Robert Hobbs
Pierre De Villiers
Garion Dowds
Leon Labuschagne
Marcel van Heerden
Justice J.P. van Zyl
Nicola Hanekom
Dr. Schlebusch
Carel Nel
Karel Niemand
Brian Cox
Screenwriter
Brian Cox
Producer
Basil Ford
Executive Producer
Robert Naidoo
Executive Producer
Sudhir Pragjee
Executive Producer
Leah Striker
Cinematographer
Megan Gill
Film Editor
Isabel Meier
Film Editor
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (4)

  • The performances are solid, including Coogan and especially Garion Dowds as the laconic and mournful defendant. Director Oliver Schmitz gives the film a measured pace, stoking tension as the courtroom drama unfolds.

    February 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film mostly preaches to the converted, even if it reveals with historical gravity how capital punishment was another way that apartheid severely discriminated against South Africa's black population.

    February 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Shepherds and Butchers doesn't know which it is: the twisty legal drama that's going to herd us through the issue or the ferocious expose, laying out the quotidian grimness of systemic death.

    February 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Oliver Schmitz, one of South Africa's essential directors, delivers a mix of emotional acuity and overkill with this death penalty drama.

    February 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • I found the picture moving in spite of its seeming unwillingness to wholly grapple with race and Coogan's unwillingness to master the Afrikaner accent.

    February 22, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Coogan, known as a comic actor, does solid dramatic work and Garion Dowds' accused is living in a palpable living hell. He knows no one can be a shepherd and a butcher and stay sane.

    August 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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