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Clint Eastwood

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About the Movie

From director Clint Eastwood, "Invictus" tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 237
  • Fresh: 181
  • Rotten: 56
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Morgan Freeman's portrayal of Nelson Mandela creates a superb moment in time on the movie screen. – Ed Koch, The Atlantic, Jan 16, 2018

Fresh: A noble and compassionate work that in its later scenes manages successfully to invest our emotions in the triumph of an important - if overlong! - sporting victory. – Dave Calhoun, Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's possibly Damon's most impressive major role to date. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A monolithic sporting saga that seems content to pose on the podium, lulled by the belief that its subject matter provides inspiration enough. – Xan Brooks, Guardian, Jul 7, 2010

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hoping to be good

i was waiting for this movie to come out i think its going to be good the trailer looked good

great movie- fabulous story

I saw this movie in theaters with my sister who wanted to see it badly, i was astonished on how well done it was made. The story of Nelson Mandela played by Morgan Freeman. Truly showed why he gets the greatest parts in hollywood. The story line shows the struggles of South Africa at the time. And to have to completely differents roles, showed the greatness and accomplishments the two men mader.

How misunderstood!?

I'm not sure if everyone will get this film. To some it may appear that a black guy asks a white guy for a favour for the good of the country and it all works out. The contextual background of what it took for this specific black guy and these specific white rugby players to put aside for the sake of building a new nation is awesome - in the truest meaning of that word. We can only wonder what Iraq would have been like if everybody agreed that after Saddam was deposed that the opposing sides should tear each other apart but for the sake of the country to try to work with each other to prosper, united.

This film proved several things to me. Rugby is a game for hooligans played by gentleman, Mandela should be even more revered than he already is and that, if religion is not a factor, men of all colours, social status and education would rather work things out over a few beers and moving a ball around. My advice is watch it and if you are interested check out some of the history behind it. You'll find it even more impossible to believe that the events depicted ever took place.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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