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It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.

Director:

Donovan Marsh

Writers:

Donovan Marsh (screenplay), John Van De Ruit (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... The Guv - Mr. Edly
Troye Sivan ... John 'Spud' Milton
Jamie Royal Jamie Royal ... Henry 'Gecko' Barker
Sven Ruygrok ... Rambo
Blessing Xaba Blessing Xaba ... Fatty
Tom Burne Tom Burne ... Vern 'Rain Main' Blackadder (as Thomas Burne)
Josh Goddard Josh Goddard ... Charlie 'Mad Dog' Hooper
Travis Hornsby Travis Hornsby ... Boggo
Byron Langley ... Simon Brown
Jason Cope ... Sparerib - Mr. Wilson
Genna Blair Genna Blair ... Mermaid - Debbie
Charlbi Dean ... Amanda (as Charlbi Kriek)
Julie Summers Julie Summers ... Mom
Aaron McIlroy Aaron McIlroy ... Dad
Tanit Phoenix Copley ... Eve - Mrs. Wilson (as Tanit Phoenix)
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Storyline

It's South Africa, 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. John Milton is a boy from an ordinary background who wins a scholarship to a private school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Surrounded by boys with nicknames like Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home. Along the way Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path to manhood. (The path it seems could be a rather long road). Spud is an only child. He is cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe and a senile granny. His dad is a fervent anti-communist who is paranoid that the family domestic worker is running a shebeen from her room at the back of the family home. His mom is a free spirit and a teenager's worst nightmare, whether it's shopping for Spud's underwear in the local supermarket, or sneaking food into her handbag at ... Written by Ross Garland

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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2010 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Spud Milton: Med ørerne i maskinen See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,415,999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The old green station wagon that the Milton family drives, broke down several times on set and the smoke coming from the car, is real. There was no need to add the smoke in post production. See more »

Goofs

Spud says (on video night) that they are watching Pretty Woman. Then the TV news shows F.W. de Klerk dismantling the ANC which happened on Feb 2nd 1990. Pretty Woman wasn't released in cinemas until 23rd March 1990, so they couldn't possibly be watching a video of a film that hadn't even been released yet. Also, Pretty Woman was never released in South African cinemas. See more »

Quotes

Mr. 'The Guv' Edly: Women- can't live with them, can't ship them off to Zimbabwe.
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Connections

Followed by Spud 3: Learning to Fly (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Welcome to Hell
Written by Ed Jordan
Performed by Troye Sivan
Published by Vuvuzela Filmworks (Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Pty) Ltd)
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Cute but could have been so much more
17 December 2010 | by rhaynes1974See all my reviews

I went in with very low expectations as I usually do for most south African films but with a revitalisation of the local film industry I thought let me do the right thing and give it a chance.

Well I'm glad I did, for two reasons, one the film was very well acted and all credit goes to "Spud" as well as the inimitable Mr Cleese, an unsung icon of the silver screen if every there was one, and two it's great to see something other than Schuster Slapstick or Afrikaans kitsch making money at the local is lekker box office.

So why the 6 out of 10. A few things spring to mind. The direction, with all due respect to Donavon Marsh, felt very pedestrian, nothing jumped out of the screen as feeling fresh or original. I realise the film was set in 1990 but did it have to feel like it was made in 1990.

The pace was off - it felt all over the place - sometimes it dragged and sometimes it was a great time at the movies. The editing of the film seemed very rushed, obvious and almost unfinished (which is unusual considering Megan Gill is probably our biggest editing export) (maybe that's just professional jealously talking ;) and lastly which for me was the greatest problem of all was the appalling musical score which really diluted so many of the films key dramatic moments.

Why Ed Jordan was used to create anything other than a cheesy early nineties advertising jingle is beyond me.

But look this may sound terribly negative but the film showed huge promise and with more time, tighter scissors and a vastly different score we could have had south Africa's answer to, dare I day it "Dead Poets Society Lite" But well done - very valiant effort with it heart in all the right places... :)


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