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Invictus

Year:
Duration:
134 min
Genres:
Biography | Drama | History | Sport
IMDB rate:
7.4
Director:
Clint Eastwood
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 29 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2009-12-11
Filming Locations: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Earnings
Budget: $60,000,000
Opening Weekend: $8,611,147 (USA) (13 December 2009)
Gross: $37,479,778 (USA) (21 March 2010)
Cast
Actor
Character
Danny Keogh
Danny Keogh
Invictus
Morgan Freeman
Nelson Mandela
Matt Damon
Francois Pienaar
Tony Kgoroge
Jason Tshabalala
Patrick Mofokeng
Linga Moonsamy
Matt Stern
Hendrick Booyens
Julian Lewis Jones
Etienne Feyder
Adjoa Andoh
Brenda Mazibuko
Marguerite Wheatley
Nerine
Leleti Khumalo
Mary
Patrick Lyster
Mr. Pienaar
Penny Downie
Mrs. Pienaar
Sibongile Nojila
Eunice
Bonnie Henna
Zindzi
Shakes Myeko
Minister of Sport
Louis Minnaar
Springbok Coach
Dan Robbertse
Boer
Robin Smith
Johan De Villiers
David Dukas
Captain of 747
Grant Swanby
Co-Captain of 747
Josias Moleele
Face Painter
Langley Kirkwood
Presidential Guard
Robert Hobbs
Presidential Guard
Melusi Yeni
Presidential Guard
Vuyo Dabula
Presidential Guard
Daniel Hadebe
Presidential Guard
Jodi Botha
High School Boy
Henie Bosman
High School Coach
Refiloe Mpakanyane
Jessie
Jakkie Groenewald
Johannesburg Cop
Murray Todd
Johannesburg Cop
Japan Mthembu
Local Cop
Albert Maritz
Springbok Manager
Sello Motloung
Mandela's Doctor
Meren Reddy
Minister of the Environment
Lida Botha
Mrs. Brits
Susan Danford
Mrs. Cole
Sylvia Mngxekeza
Mrs. Dlamini
James Lithgow
New Zealand PM
Malusi Skenjana
NSC Firebrand
Bart Fouche
Prison Guard
Johnny Cicco
Staff Member
Wayne Harrison
Staff Member
Ashley Taylor
Team Crew
Gift Leotlela
Team Crew
Kgosi Mongake
Sipho
Given Stuurman
Township Kid
Vuyolwethu Stevens
Township Kid
Ayabulela Stevens
Township Kid
Nambitha Mpumlwana
Trophy Wife
Andre Jacobs
T.V. Announcer
J.R. Redlinghaus
Helicopter Pilot (as JR Redlinghaus)
Mark Rickard
Announcer (voice)
Grant Roberts
South African Springbok
Scott Eastwood
South African Springbok
Mark Bown-Davies
South African Springbok
Dale Stephen Dunn
South African Springbok
Graham Lindemann
South African Springbok
Louis Ackerman
South African Springbok
Andries Le Grange
South African Springbok
Thomas Boyd
South African Springbok
Clive Richard Samuel
South African Springbok
Richard Abrahamse
South African Springbok
Sean Pypers
South African Springbok
Herman Botha
South African Springbok
Riaan Wolmarans
South African Springbok
Louis Pieterse
South African Springbok
Ryan Scott
South African Springbok
Daniel Deon Wessels
South African Springbok
Vaughn Thompson
South African Springbok
Charl Engelbrecht
South African Springbok
Rolf E. Fitschen
South African Springbok
Richard Morris
South African Springbok
Ryan Olivier
South African Springbok
Warren Edwards
South African Springbok
Andrew Nel
South African Springbok
Rudi Zandberg
South African Springbok
Renzo Puccini
South African Springbok
Abraham Vlok
South African Springbok
Geoff Brown
South African Springbok
McNeil Hendricks
Chester Williams - South African Springbok
John Paul Chapman
New Zealand All Blacks
Sililo Victor Martens
New Zealand All Blacks
Epeli Taione
New Zealand All Blacks
Aukusitino Junior Poluleuligaga
New Zealand All Blacks
Patrick Bell
New Zealand All Blacks
Anton Coosner
New Zealand All Blacks
Simon Peter Blakeley
New Zealand All Blacks
Salman Safodien Davids
New Zealand All Blacks
Warrick Ireland
New Zealand All Blacks
Warren Taylor
New Zealand All Blacks
Karl Bergemann
New Zealand All Blacks
Jean-Pierre Van Zyl
New Zealand All Blacks
Mohammed Ridhaa Oamon
New Zealand All Blacks
Mark Snodgrass
New Zealand All Blacks
Theodore Groyers
New Zealand All Blacks
Gordon Johnston
New Zealand All Blacks
Conrad Marais
New Zealand All Blacks
Pieter Engelbrecht
New Zealand All Blacks
Bjorn Steinbach
New Zealand All Blacks
Clinton Prinsloo
New Zealand All Blacks
Yusuf Abrahams
New Zealand All Blacks
Jody Burch
New Zealand All Blacks
Wynand Collins
New Zealand All Blacks
Abu Bakr Davids
New Zealand All Blacks
Emile Olivier
New Zealand All Blacks
Zak Feaunati
Jonah Lomu - New Zealand All Blacks
Anthony Burns
England Rose
Marius Erwee
England Rose
Mfundo Galada
England Rose
Michael van Schalkwyk
England Rose
Dan Visser
England Rose
Jethro Mickleburgh
England Rose
Ryan Williams
England Rose
Gareth Rowe
England Rose
Stuart Calder
England Rose
Jonathan Van der Walt
England Rose
Shane Vallender
England Rose
Abbas Hendricks
England Rose
Karlo Aspeling
England Rose
Calvin Kotze
England Rose
Sivuyile Ngesi
England Rose
Joe Probyn
England Rose
Eugene Butterworth
England Rose
Mzikayise Rala
England Rose
Brendon Shields
France
Reagan Anderson
France
Willem Mouton
France
Devan Gericke
France
Richard Williams
France
Ashley Down
France
Clint Van Rensburg
France
Patrick Holman
France
Sarel du Plessis
France
Len Berter
France
Shawn du Plooy
France
Joel Serman
France
Enrico Blaauw
France
Warren Butler
France
Jamie Holtzhausen
France
Shaun Harding
France
Callan Artus
France
Juan Coetzer
France
Jake Levin
France
Keith Daly
France
Shaffiq Nordien
France
Richard Smith
France
Edward O'Sullivan
Australian Wallaby
Jaco Pieterse
Australian Wallaby
Michael Ledwidge
Australian Wallaby
Hendrix Franken
Australian Wallaby
William Festers
Australian Wallaby
Henry Temple
Australian Wallaby
Dane Gallery
Australian Wallaby
David John Fourie
Australian Wallaby
Jadeon du Tait
Australian Wallaby
Riaan Van der Vyver
Australian Wallaby
Gerhard Gerber
Australian Wallaby
Ross Peacock
Australian Wallaby
Troy Futter
Australian Wallaby
Michael La Grange
Australian Wallaby
Morne Vletter
Australian Wallaby
Andrew Rose
Australian Wallaby
Brandon Hendricks
Western Samoa
Bradley Contereal
Western Samoa
Zuhair Achmat
Western Samoa
Pedro Noronha
Western Samoa
Tahir Achmat
Western Samoa
Faseegh Mallick
Western Samoa
Mario Jacobs
Western Samoa
Kurt Kuhn
Western Samoa
Mark Katzen
Western Samoa
Adenaan Bazier
Western Samoa
Brendell Brandt
Western Samoa
Stewart Palmer
Western Samoa
Ryan Roman
Western Samoa
Hyron Thyse
Western Samoa
Abu-Bakr Hendricks
Western Samoa
Gerard Pedersen
Western Samoa
Nezaan Bewee
Western Samoa
Niklaas Soutman
Western Samoa
Don Eiman
Western Samoa
Taariq Davids
Western Samoa
Claire Commins
Extra
Gideon Emery
News Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Sean Cameron Michael
Springbok Equipment Manager
Matthew Dylan Roberts
Cabinet Minister
Stelio Savante
Radio Rugby Announcer (uncredited)
Patrick John Walton
Springbok Trainer
Did you know?
Trivia
The word "invictus" is Latin for "unbeaten". It is also the name of a short poem written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley, a British poet. The poem was written while Henley was in hospital having to have his stricken foot amputated. Nelson Mandela is heard saying lines from the poem.
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Morgan Freeman, who has been a friend of Nelson Mandela for many years, prepared for his role as Mandela by watching some tapes of him to perfect his accent and rhythm of speaking. However, the most difficult part was Mandela's charisma, which could not be duplicated: "I wanted to avoid acting like him; I needed to BE him, and that was the biggest challenge. When you meet Mandela, you know you are in the presence of greatness, but it is something that just emanates from him. He moves people for the better; that is his calling in life. Some call it the Madiba magic. I'm not sure that magic can be explained."
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All the rugby games were filmed at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium, where they had actually been played. Much of the stadium has changed since 1995, so James J. Murakami gathered extensive research to take the venue back to the way it looked, including the appropriate signage of the time. Computer graphics were later employed to complete the effect.
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Goofs
When Nelson Mandela's head bodyguard is passing out the president's schedule to the other bodyguards, he first calls it the "SHEDule" using the British pronunciation, but a few moments later he calls it the "SKEDule" using the American pronunciation.
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The number plates of the cars that Nelson Mandela is driven around in, as well as Francois Pienaar's car have the number plate that ends GP, for Gauteng Province, which is where Ellis Park is situated. These number plates were only introduced on 1 January 1997.
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The ball shown in their first game against England is a modern Mitre match ball. While Mitre did supply the match ball for their real first game since the apartheid ban against the Springboks, the logo and design is clearly a modern, mid-2000's design, including their modern logo.
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Quotes
High School Boy: [seeing passing motorcade] Who is it, sir?
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Hendrick Booyens: [This is likely an 'in' joke as Matt Damon said something similar when meeting Francois Pienaar for the first time] He's not as big as he looks on TV.
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Nelson Mandela: [as match is about to begin] Perhaps we should make a little wager?
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Faq
Q
A Note Regarding Spoilers
A
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Q
Was the result of the final really such a surprise, or is this just dramatic licence?
A
Yes it was, the film captures this accurately. In 1995 the dominant teams in international rugby were New Zealand and the winners of the 1991 world cup, Australia. England and France were rated as the next best. South Africa, by contrast, had only been playing international games for a few years, having been banned during the later years of apartheid. Most commentators saw them as a hard-working and physically strong team, but without the technical brilliance or speed of their main rivals. During the tournament New Zealand emerged as overwhelming favourites, partly but not only due to the impact of winger Jonah Lomu. South Africa's victory in the final really was a major upset, although many of their players went on to have long and illustrious careers.
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What is rugby?
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Rugby union, the sport featured in the film, is a game between two teams of 15 players. The object is to score points either by touching the ball down in the goal area at the end of the pitch (a try, five points plus a possible conversion) or kicking the ball between the posts and over the crossbar (a penalty goal or drop goal, three points, or a conversion following a try, two points). Teams may only advance the ball by running with it or kicking it. Passing forward from the hands is not allowed, unlike (American) football. And also unlike American football, blocking a player who does not have the ball is not allowed, and there is no system of "downs" to guarantee possession to one team or the other (although something vaguely similar does exist in the 13-a-side sport of rugby league). Instead, a player who is tackled must release the ball so both sides can contest possession of it - although if neither side can win the ball the referee will call for a scrum. Rugby union is widely played around the world, most extensively in the UK, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Italy and of course South Africa. In SA it was predominantly played by whites during the apartheid era. Although that is now changing and many of South Africa's current top players are non-white, it explains the hostility to rugby which many of the black characters express in the film.
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Photos from cast
Danny Keogh