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Two-time Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood directs Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman in a deeply moving true story of two men who unite to heal the wounds of a nation. South Africa, 1995. After surviving years in prison for his efforts to end injustice, Nelson Mandela (Freeman--Million Dollar Baby) has led his country to defeat apartheid and been elected President, but the legacy of 50 years of hatred still threatens to tear South Africa apart. Now, Mandela reaches out to Francois Pienaar (Damon--The Departed), captain of the Springboks, South Africa's national rugby team -- long a symbol of white oppression. By championing the Springboks' thousand-to-one chance, Mandela, Pienaar and the Springboks unite 43 million South Africans into one nation dreaming of winning the World Cup of Rugby!
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Critics Consensus: Delivered with typically stately precision from director Clint Eastwood, Invictus may not be rousing enough for some viewers, but Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction.
A monolithic sporting saga that seems content to pose on the podium, lulled by the belief that its...
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Common Sense Says
Inspiring tale about Mandela, rugby, and national pride.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fact-based Clint Eastwood-directed drama (which stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman) is an uplifting movie that's age appropriate for older tweens and young teens -- the PG-13 rating is primarily for language (one use of "f--king" and a couple of "s--t"s are the worst of it). Because of its narrow focus -- the movie follows President Nelson Mandela's decision to rally support behind South Africa's nearly all-white national rugby team -- there's little violence aside from an early riot (which does show a dead boy) and the rugby itself, which is quite physically aggressive). And Damon's character kisses his wife, but there's nothing more risque than that. Ultimately the movie is both educational and inspiring, providing an excellent lesson about post-apartheid South Africa, national unity, compassion, and the universality of sports.
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- Release Date:December 11, 2009
- Audio Format:5.1
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