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Red Dust (2004)

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Police officer Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett) files an amnesty application for Alex Mpondo (Ejiofor), a member of the South African Parliament who can't remember the torture he once endured as a captive political activist. South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant (Swank), meanwhile, returns to her homeland to represent Mpondo, as well as Steve Sizela, Mpondo's friend who was arrested along with him ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writers:

Troy Kennedy-Martin (screenplay), Gillian Slovo (novel)
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4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bartlett Jamie Bartlett ... Dirk Hendricks
Hilary Swank ... Sarah Barcant
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Piet Müller
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Alex Mpondo
Hlomla Dandala Hlomla Dandala ... Oscar Dumasi
James Ngcobo James Ngcobo ... Ezekiel
Glen Gabela Glen Gabela ... Themba
Connie Mfuku Connie Mfuku ... Alex's Aunt
Sylvaine Strike Sylvaine Strike ... Woman at House
Greg Latter Greg Latter ... Mannie Bester
Zaa Nkweta Zaa Nkweta ... Reporter
Marius Weyers ... Ben Hoffman
Sam Phillips Sam Phillips ... Elder (as Sam Philllips)
Elize Cawood Elize Cawood ... Anna Hoffman
Nomhle Nkonyeni Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Mrs. Sizela (as Nomhle Nkyonyeni)
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Storyline

The South African lawyer Sarah Barcant travels from New York back to her hometown to represent the member of the Parliament Alex Mpondo in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission since torturer police officer Dirk Hendricks has made an application for amnesty. The parents of Steve Sizela request Sarah to represent them also since their son that was arrested with Mpondo but has gone missing. Hendricks uses one break in the trial to threaten Mpondo, promising to destroy his political career telling that he was a traitor. But Mpondo, who is a man traumatized with the torture, anticipates and tells what has happened to Steve Sizela and him in the hands of Hendricks and his superior Piet Müller. Will the remains of Steve be found and the truth disclosed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | South Africa

Language:

English | Xhosa | Afrikaans

Release Date:

14 April 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sangre See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[last lines]
Alex Mpondo: We have the right to say that it hurt.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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brought down because of the story
4 August 2006 | by Johnny10See all my reviews

Red dust is both well acted and well made but what the movie is about i think will bore many viewers as it did to me. There was a film that was out earlier called "in my Country" with Sam Jackson and it was not that well received and both films were about nearly the same exact thing, I do think Red dust was better because of the more interesting performances especially by future Oscar winner Chiwton Ejofor but the plot is just to lacking, it starts off pretty strong but then the film hits the viewers with countless un-interesting court room sessions, this could have been a great film if the writing was not so lacking. But see if for the performances.


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