Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (12A)

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (12A)

  • Starring: Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz, Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
  • Director: Justin Chadwick
  • Duration: 146 mins
  • Year: 2013


Alison Rowat's Review

Idris Elba gives the performance of his career to date as the beloved ANC leader who led the fight against apartheid, brought democracy to South Africa, and became the country's first black president.

At 146 minutes, Justin Chadwick's picture covers the story as comprehensively as you might imagine, if not a little too much so. The story has a natural cut-off point in Mandela's release from prison, and in choosing to go beyond that the picture rather tails away. Regardless, the performances throughout are first class.

Elba has the accent nailed, but more importantly he conveys the dignity and unquenchable spirit of the man. Naomie Harris matches him for presence as Winnie Mandela, and the well informed screenplay by William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands), adapted from Mandela's autobiography, gives her a fitting share of the spotlight.

Hard to see any other picture of the great man being as definitive as this.