Mister Johnson [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1991]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New interviews with Beresford, producer Michael Fitzgerald, and actors Maynard Eziashi and Pierce Brosnan
  • Trailer

Synopsis

Mister Johnson
Director Bruce Beresford followed up his Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy with another meditation on race, Mister Johnson. Set in West Africa in 1923, Johnson (Maynard Eziashi), the clerk of British administrator Harry Rudbeck (Pierce Brosnan), attempts everything within his power to ingratiate himself into white society. Johnson hatches a plan to juggle the books so that Rudbeck will have the capital necessary to achieve his ultimate dream of a "great northern road," but when his scheme is uncovered, he is fired. After finding another job with a shopkeeper named Gollop (Edward Woodward), he is again fired for his "creative" financing skills; however, Rudbeck hires him back to oversee the road construction project. When funds are cut off, Johnson convinces workers to do their jobs for free to ensure the project's completion. Once again, he is caught embezzling, and once again, he is let go; in a fit of desperation, he robs and kills Gollup. After confessing to the crime, he begs Rudbeck to kill him, sparing him the humiliation of public execution. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Maynard Eziashi
    Maynard Eziashi - Mister Johnson
  • Pierce Brosnan
    Pierce Brosnan - Harry Rudbeck
  • Edward Woodward
    Edward Woodward - Sargy Gallup Quilley
  • Beatie Edney
    Beatie Edney - Celia Rudbeck
  • Image coming soon
    Denis Quilley - Bulteen
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