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A World Apart (1988)

PG | | Drama | 17 June 1988 (USA)
A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her ... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Menges

Writer:

Shawn Slovo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodhi May ... Molly Roth
Jeroen Krabbé ... Gus Roth
Barbara Hershey ... Diana Roth
Nadine Chalmers Nadine Chalmers ... Yvonne Abelson
Maria Pilar Maria Pilar ... Spanish Dance Teacher
Kate Fitzpatrick ... June Abelson
Tim Roth ... Harold
Phyllis Naidoo Phyllis Naidoo ... Sareda
Linda Mvusi ... Elsie
Carolyn Clayton-Cragg Carolyn Clayton-Cragg ... Miriam Roth
Yvonne Bryceland Yvonne Bryceland ... Bertha
Mackay Tickey Mackay Tickey ... Milius
Merav Gruer Merav Gruer ... Jude Roth
Albee Lesotho Albee Lesotho ... Solomon
Clement Muchachi Clement Muchachi ... Sipho
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Storyline

A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her father disappears one night, barely evading arrest, and, not long after, her mother is detained by the authorities. Some of Molly's White friends turn against her, and her family's friendships with Blacks take on new meaning. Relationships are fragile in the world of apartheid. How will she manage? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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South Africa, 1963. A mother's love. A family's courage.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Zimbabwe

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Mundo à Parte See more »

Filming Locations:

Zimbabwe

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,326,900
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first non-collaborative film score composed by Hans Zimmer. See more »

Quotes

Diana Roth: [inside her cell, shouting and smashing objects] No books? No books?
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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The best movie of 1988
10 May 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Like "Cry Freedom" the previous year, "A World Apart" shows life in apartheid-era South Africa. This one tells the story of the Slovo family, who were trying to bring down apartheid (the names are changed in the movie). The father has had to flee the country after threats against him. The daughter (Jodhi May) is bullied in school, where her classmates call her father a "traitor". Finally, the mother (Barbara Hershey) is arrested. The daughter then truly begins to see the oppressive system through the eyes of the black population.

The whole story resembles that of the Rosenberg children, right down to the fate of the parents (Mrs. Slovo was assassinated in 1982). And it is so horrible to think that this vile agenda was in power for over forty years. There may be some things in life that we will never be able to get over.


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