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A Good Man in Africa (1994)

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Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja, when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with ... See full summary »

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Bruce Beresford

Writers:

William Boyd (novel), William Boyd (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... Morgan Leafy, 1st Secretary of the High Commissioner
Sean Connery ... Dr. Alex Murray
John Lithgow ... Arthur Fanshawe, British High Commissioner
Diana Rigg ... Chloe Fanshawe
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Prof. Sam Adekunle
Joanne Whalley ... Celia Adekunle (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Sarah-Jane Fenton Sarah-Jane Fenton ... Priscilla Fanshawe
Maynard Eziashi ... Friday, Leafy's Houseman
Jeremy Crutchley ... Dickie Dalmire
Jackie Mofokeng Jackie Mofokeng ... Hazel, Leafy's Mistress
Daphne Greenwood Daphne Greenwood ... Duchess
Themba Ndaba Themba Ndaba ... Kojo
David Phetoe David Phetoe ... Isaiah
Dambuza Mdledle Dambuza Mdledle ... Sonny, Hazel's Brother
Lillian Dube Lillian Dube ... Innocence, Maid struck by lightning
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Storyline

Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja, when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with Celia (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), wife of corrupt Kinjanjan Presidential candidate Sam Adekunle (Louis Gossett, Jr.). As punishment, Leafy is forced into bribing an official who has voted down a project that stands to make Adekunle very rich. Leafy thinks he's gotten off easy until he learns the lone holdout is none other than Kinjanja's own brick wall of integrity, Dr. Alex Murray (Sir Sean Connery). Meanwhile, Leafy must also contend with his absurdly stuffy boss Fanshawe (John Lithgow), Fanshawe's lusty wife (Dame Diana Rigg), and their luscious, too friendly daughter.

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Deep in the heart of Africa the British practice bizarre rituals. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afrika koktél See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,144,942, 11 September 1994

Gross USA:

$2,308,390

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,308,390
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation en France : # 86827. See more »

Quotes

Kojo: You're a good man, Mr. Leafy.
Morgan Leafy: You think so? Well, better late than never.
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Soundtracks

A Good Man In Africa
Composed by George Lee
Performed by The George Lee Band
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A good book in Africa
1 March 2000 | by shell-26See all my reviews

William Boyd is a good writer and verges on greatness at times but this film seems to suffer from too much money and talent, but not enough effort.

The book is funny. The naive Englishman Mr. Leafy tries to navigate through African politics and colonial interests. There are some interesting sexual subplots and classic scenes of trousers down British farce but the film loses all the subtlety and parody.

Sean Connery appears. He has a supporting role which threatens to overbalance the film, he stops the plot in its tracks.

Write William Write ! If I catch you behind a camera again, I'll pull out the plug and sit you down behind a typewriter until you come up with something as great as The New Confessions.


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