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Endgame (2009)

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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Director:

Pete Travis

Writers:

Robert Harvey (book), Paula Milne
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Professor Willie Esterhuyse
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Thabo Mbeki
Jonny Lee Miller ... Michael Young
Mark Strong ... Dr. Neil Barnard
Clarke Peters ... Nelson Mandela
John Kani ... Oliver Tambo
Derek Jacobi ... Rudolph Agnew
Timothy West ... P.W. Botha
Matthew Marsh ... F.W. de Klerk
Mike Huff Mike Huff ... Willem de Klerk
Stephen Jennings Stephen Jennings ... Kobie Coetsee
Patrick Lyster ... Sampie Terreblanche
Ramon Tikaram ... Aziz Pahad
Danny Scheinmann ... Albie Sachs
Porteus Xandau Porteus Xandau ... Christo Brand
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

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Inspired by a true story that changed the world See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK] | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Xhosa

Release Date:

3 May 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Apartheids sidste dage See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,608, 8 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,645, 17 January 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

During the movie an Opel Rekord car is driven in South Africa, although at that time General Motors was represented via it's Delta brand in that region. See more »

Quotes

Epilogue: When the IRA decided to negotiate a peaceful solution to the Irish conflict, they secretly turned to the ANC
[African National Congress]
Epilogue: for advise on how to do it. They are now advising Hamas on the same strategy.
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Connections

Featured in Grierson 2010: The British Documentary Awards (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Low Life
Performed by Scanners
Written by Sarah Daly and Matthew Mole
Courtesy of Influx Music Ltd./Dam Mak Records/Rhino Independent
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Excellent political drama on how to get to peace
14 November 2009 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Shot in a manner very resonant of Frost/Nixon with outstanding editing Endgame is a fittingly unsentimental and very nicely played drama of the last days and brinkmanship of the apartheid negotiations in South Africa.

With competent performances from all involved this is not overacted but rather relies on the relationships and the materials. Cutting between South Africa and the UK it tells the story of the two sides: the Afrikaans government on the one, and the ANC and Pan-African parties on the other. How they came to find a path in what was probably the most volatile of all post-colonial politics to not lead to civil war is the story. Through the efforts of an Afrikaans philosophy professor (William Hurt) and a British troubleshooter for the gold mines (Johnny Lee Miller, who is in excellent form, less manic suits him very well indeed) the players first arrange to meet, meet, and work through the issues. Filmed in South Africa (A lot of outdoor shots) and the UK, this has more story than you'd think on first sight. It has some action scenes, but in the main it is a nicely poised political drama.

The film scores points for exceptional use of camera and again I have to mention the editing which is outstanding: rarely missing a beat and playing its focus on both the players and the reactions this is a first-class lesson is how film editing can make the story better and worth watching on that basis alone if film-making is your thing.

For those of us who remember the marches, the cause, and Mandela walking through the prison gates with Winnie, this films not only gives meat to the bones of the background to that history; it is evocative without being sentimental.

This is a film that needed to be made; and I for one wish that we could see more of this ilk - it is a strong reminder of the best that humans are capable of.


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