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Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | | Drama, Romance | 21 March 2014 (UK)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director:

Biyi Bandele

Writers:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (novel), Biyi Bandele (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thandie Newton ... Olanna
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Odenigbo
Anika Noni Rose ... Kainene
Joseph Mawle ... Richard
John Boyega ... Ugwu
Onyeka Onwenu Onyeka Onwenu ... Mama
Babou Ceesay ... Okeoma
Susan Wokoma ... Amala
Jude Orhorha Jude Orhorha ... Harrison
Genevieve Nnaji ... Miss Adebayo
Gloria Young Gloria Young ... Aunty Ifeka
Tina Mba Tina Mba ... Mrs. Ozobia
Wale Ojo ... Chief Okonji
Ayo Lijadu Ayo Lijadu ... Professor Ezeka
Naya Amobi Naya Amobi ... Arize
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Storyline

Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Two sisters, schooled in England, raised in Nigeria. Now on the brink of civil war, two lovers committed to freedom, displaced by conflict, ready to sacrifice everything. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Website

Country:

Nigeria | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Half a Yellow Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Nigeria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NGN 1,270,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,843, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,645, 8 August 2014
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The writer of the novel wins several noble prize for her work. See more »


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Written by Franco Tamponi
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Not as Bad as reviewed.
10 August 2014 | by adesolabayoSee all my reviews

Seriously, going to the readers review, I feel a lot of injustice is being done to this film. This is an adaptation hence you don't expect them to play all the parts as depicted in the book.

For a First time movie producer, Biyi Bandele has done a good job and should commended for it. I recommend that this movie should be watched by people who appreciates love in time of war.

The only cast I had a challenge with was Thandie Newton, who I believed overacted in a lot of scenes. Also we were unclear about the part of Captain Dutse(Hakeem Kae Kasim) in the film. Apart from those two points, all other aspects were spot on.


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