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Endgame (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 18 January 2009 (USA)
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Director:

Pete Travis

Writers:

Robert Harvey (book), Paula Milne
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Professor Willie Esterhuyse
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Thabo Mbeki
Jonny Lee Miller ... Michael Young
Mark Strong ... Dr. Neil Barnard
Clarke Peters ... Nelson Mandela
John Kani ... Oliver Tambo
Derek Jacobi ... Rudolph Agnew
Timothy West ... P.W. Botha
Matthew Marsh ... F.W. de Klerk
Mike Huff Mike Huff ... Willem de Klerk
Stephen Jennings Stephen Jennings ... Kobie Coetsee
Patrick Lyster ... Sampie Terreblanche
Ramon Tikaram ... Aziz Pahad
Danny Scheinmann ... Albie Sachs
Porteus Xandau Porteus Xandau ... Christo Brand
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Storyline

A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Patriot. Terrorist. Negotiator. Peacemaker. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence/disturbing images and some strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK] | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Xhosa

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apartheids sidste dage See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,608, 8 November 2009

Gross USA:

$9,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,260
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

During the movie an Opel Rekord car is driven in South Africa, although at that time General Motors was represented via it's Delta brand in that region. See more »

Quotes

Epilogue: When the IRA decided to negotiate a peaceful solution to the Irish conflict, they secretly turned to the ANC
[African National Congress]
Epilogue: for advise on how to do it. They are now advising Hamas on the same strategy.
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Connections

Featured in Grierson 2010: The British Documentary Awards (2010) See more »

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Low Life
Performed by Scanners
Written by Sarah Daly and Matthew Mole
Courtesy of Influx Music Ltd./Dam Mak Records/Rhino Independent
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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compelling first half hour
14 October 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1985 South Africa. Public affairs director of Consolidated Goldfields Michael Young (Jonny Lee Miller) sneaks into a township looking for people to secretly negotiate with. Eighteen months later in London, he makes contact with ANC Head of Information Thabo Mbeki (Chiwetel Ejiofor). He is stalked by government agents as he tries to convince Professor Willie Esterhuyse (William Hurt) to join in the effort. Head of intelligence Dr. Neil Barnard (Mark Strong) meets Nelson Mandela (Clarke Peters) in prison. Company head Rudolph Agnew (Derek Jacobi) finances the secret meetings but will deny any knowledge of Michael's plans if discovered. In 1988 Somerset, England, the group gathers to negotiate in a palatial estate.

This is a drama of an important moment in history. The first half hour has great tension as Michael scrambles to organize this negotiation. The suspense is mostly lost once the group gathers at that mansion. The outcome is never in doubt. The actors are strong and they keep it watchable.


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