Invictus [DVD] [2009]

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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

Special Features


  • Matt Damon Plays Rugby: Turning a Hollywood Star into a Rugby Player
  • Invictus Music Trailer

Synopsis


Invictus
Actor Morgan Freeman portrays anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela in this Clint Eastwood-helmed political drama adapted from author John Carlin's book The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed the World. Set just after the fall of apartheid and during Mandela's first term in office, The Human Factor explores how the political prisoner-turned-president used the 1995 Rugby World Cup -- which was hosted by South Africa -- as a means of bringing blacks and whites together after decades of violence and mistrust. Matt Damon co-stars in the Warner Bros. production as rugby player Francois Pienaar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman - Nelson Mandela
  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - Francois Pienaar
  • Tony Kgoroge
    Tony Kgoroge - Jason Tshabalala
  • Patrick Mofokeng
    Patrick Mofokeng - Linga Moonsamy
  • Matt Stern
    Matt Stern - Hendrick Booyens



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Sports Film Ever

    Posted
    UCLAmagnaReview
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    Sports movies are one of the least well-done genres; after I had recently seen Moneyball several times I believed it was the best yet, and while it is amazing, I re-encountered Invictus again recently, and in a short amount of viewings, I realized that while Moneyball is a close second, Invictus takes the title of "Best Sports Film Ever" -------- because like Moneyball it connects w/the metaphors sports have to do w/life incredibly well, but Invictus does this same thing w/a historical backdrop that is far more important. While Moneyball shows the true historical changing of Pro Baseball, and the heroic, stunning drama of Billy Bean and his team; Invictus is equally if not much more-------almost unbelievable------(given its historical significance) in its true story, of how newly elected President Mandela actually tacitly and artfully asks his national Rugby team's captain (a rugby team who truly had quite a dubious chance of winning - very similar to the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team) to rise above his (the Captain's) own expectations and inspire his team to do so as well. As the deeply divided South Africa is struggling to survive after apartheid, the Captain and the team begin to realize the importance of their role in helping unite all South Africans. Rugby had been an Afrikaner's sport--------the favorite sport of the ruling white class that brutalized and murdered many black South Africans; the team had become a symbol of that regime's long and inhuman apartheid policy, it was hated so much by South African blacks that they would root for anyone playing against their national team. Most black South Africans saw it as a symbol of apartheid, and the new political powers sought to abolish the team----its name, logo, and colors; however, President Mandela knew better than anyone how important it would be to reunite South Africans in every way possible, and only barely managed to keep the team intact directed by his own inner wisdom marked indelibly with forgiveness, solidarity, and political brilliance, which the vast majority of his fellow black South Africans and Afrikaners didn't fully understand yet. This film's true story is not only flawlessly acted by all involved, especially Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, and executed with the highest production value in all categories ------ directing, writing, cinematography etc. Like Moneyball, it is the exceptional Sports movie, but all the more incredible is its sociopolitical and historic scope of achievement and human transcendence, which is captured accomplishing a most astonishing feat under the monolithic pressure of what is at stake for the new South Africa. The odds are truly amazing; this questionable team is not only asked to win and become more than a Rugby team, but is asked to do so against the most fierce and dominant rugby team ever -------- The "All-Blacks"------ the name of New Zealand's historic team who smash their foes w/tremendous record setting scores. Indeed, this is not just a movie; it is the best sports movie ever made, the true story of the almost unbelievable heights human spirits can aspire to and reach. It is without doubt one of the most uplifting and effulgent movies ever; not just of sports but of all movies; specifically, of how an incredibly under-dogged Rugby team beats seemingly impossible odds and truly helps unify and heal a nation. It is just absolutely incredible---!!!! Truly this is a movie to own; to help us feel and believe again in the amazing capacity of heroic good, forgiveness, sheer courage, goodwill, reconciliation,determination, endurance, decency, and bravery that forever exist in our humanity, and reminds us --------- despite all our faults and cruel atrocity in the world ---------- we can as human beings still be a truly glorious, and surprisingly redemptive, heroic species ---------- capable of the most extraordinary endeavors! You just have to see it, and then you will want to own it ---------- because, and I truly believe this: it will do for you what it does for me when you want or need it---------------lift you up, and not only remind you of, but make you feel----------put you in accord w/your nobler and more heroic humanity and of that in others; even in nations, and the belief and hope that we can sometimes get it right, and spectacularly, monumentally so. Enjoy a true and iridescent experience!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Compelling

    Posted
    equidgley2

    A compelling story based on Nelson Mandela's efforts as he managed to hold together South Africa and transform it from apartheid to pluralism or inclusivism, leveraging his own popularity and balancing it with that of the national rugby team using the team as a tool to bridge the race gap as the country prepared to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Mandela's leadership philosophies, his focus, tenacity and perseverance are admirable. If you have only had respect for him, you can't help but admire him after watching this film. He became president of his country at a very explosive time in its history, and by leading for results he managed to bring closer two races on the brink of civil war. This is a film to watch all at once because it holds you tight and it is hard to find an acceptable point to take any kind of break.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What an uplifting movie

    Posted
    BigSooch76

    This movie is a true inspiration. The way that Nelson Mandela was able to unite his country through such a simple thing as a sport is truly amazing. Morgan Freeman did a great job portraying Nelson, and I found that this was one of Matt Damon's best roles. I highly recommend to anyone that I talk with about this movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What an amazing movie

    Posted
    Lekkerzim

    It has a fantastic story behind the World Cup win. Although there other people out there who say the Bokke did things to ensure their win it was still amazing. Morgan Freeman did a great job portraying Nelson Mandela as well as Matt Damon playing Francois Pienaar. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good but not great

    Posted
    Blakerevo

    This is an entertaining if not predictable movie. Acting was very good and it is a very good true story to tell. I felt engaged throughout with many tender and inspirational moments, with that said I am glad that I waited to buy the DVD versus watching it on the big screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie

    Posted
    Moviefellow
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    Great movie with good performances. It’s shows how Nelson Mandela’s inclusive leadership made South Africa a prominent nation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie.

    Posted
    tech4us
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    Done well, interesting and engaging to watch. I would recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love This Movie

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    Dean
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    A Great Movie ! Great Price! I am so very happy to shop at Best Buy first!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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