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Mary and Martha (2013)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 20 April 2013
Two mothers lose their sons to malaria.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Mary
Brenda Blethyn ... Martha
Sam Claflin ... Ben
Frank Grillo ... Peter
Lux Haney-Jardine Lux Haney-Jardine ... George
Bongo Mbutuma Bongo Mbutuma ... Pumelele
Ian Redford ... Charles
James Woods ... Mary's Father
Nokuthula Ledwaba Nokuthula Ledwaba ... Micaela
Sifiso Sihlangu Sifiso Sihlangu ... Little Paul
Kagiso Lediga ... Kumi
Zethu Dlomo ... Patience
Katleho Ramaphakela ... South African Doctor
Bea Miller ... Funeral Singer (as Beatrice Miller)
Mangaliso Ngema Mangaliso Ngema ... Mozambican Doctor
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Storyline

Hilary Swank stars as Mary and Brenda Blethyn stars as Martha, an American interior designer and British housewife who have little in common apart from the one thing they wish they didn't. When malaria strikes, the lives of these very different women change forever. They forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process. Enlisting the help of Mary's estranged father, a former politico, the two women beseech both the powers that be and ordinary people to get involved, realizing a shared responsibility to all the world's children. Written by HBO

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Two mothers connected by loss. Inspired by hope.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

In the local restaurant scene, the waitress speaks in Spanish while serving Mary and her son but Mozambique's official language is Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Mary: I do want to ask you if I can take George out of school, take him away, and teach him myself and have an adventure. You know, I just think he'll do better with me than in the hands of the people who are teaching him now.
Peter: Honey, can't we just take him away for the summer, like normal people?
Mary: No, that's two months away. We'll lose him inside his computer by then. You know, and in the school, they didn't even know that those kids were bullying him.
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Crazy Credits

Mentioned in the End Credits: "Produced with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa, who does not accept any liability for the content and does not necessarily support such content." See more »

Connections

Features Billy Elliot (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

C'mon C'mon
Written and Produced by Nalle Karlsson
Performed by Aardvark Empire
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A touching story
18 October 2013 | by petarmaticSee all my reviews

It is always sad to watch parents loose their children. Every child is so precious that when a parent looses its own child that parent is finished. It gives that parent a mission in life, which in the most cases is fruitless one, in this film may be it is not so fruitless.

I do not believe in the African countries. Most of those states are failed states. They do not have any chance of survival, and people in many of those countries are doomed. It is a real life risk for the white people to go there, my father almost lost his head going to Zaire on business. When Mobutu Sese Seko fled the country they devastated his compound to the ground. The guards and workers, who lived decent lives during those years are now barley surviving. I would never go to Africa unless you want to have a personal tragedy like this one.


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