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Winnie Mandela (2011)

Winnie (original title)
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A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.

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(inspired by and based upon the book "Winnie Mandela: A Life"), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Major de Vries
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Mary Botha
Aubrey Poo ...
Peter Magubane
Unathi Kapela ...
Winnie (12 & 13)
Fezeka Ndlazilwana ...
Nancy (8)
Talitha Ndima ...
Nancy (10, 20, 28 & 30)
Professor Mavuso ...
Columbus Madikizela
Nomsa Xaba ...
Makhulu
Bongi Mdongwe ...
Gertrude (as Bongi Mbongwe)
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BBC Reporter
Jonathan Rands ...
Judge de Wet
Jennifer Steyn ...
School Inspector
Andre Van Der Merwe ...
School Inspector
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A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.

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Her courage inspired a nation. See more »


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Rated R for some violence and language
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6 September 2013 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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In the end credits, Neil Sandilands is credited as Dr. Hattingh although the role was played by Albert Maritz. See more »

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Louis Minnaar is listed twice in the end credits for playing the character 'Man in Suite.' See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.12 (2010) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Sidney James
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Watching it after the death of Tata Madiba
12 December 2013 | by (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – See all my reviews

It is a week since the death of Mandela that I decided to have a marathon of all things biographical of the great man. I started with Winnie and was not disappointed but was not all that thrilled. If you are looking for something to match Richard Attenborough's 'Cry Freedom' perhaps this is not one, but it sure makes a good start. I'd hoped it would match Luc Besson's 'The Lady', in its execution I guess it does but not so much on the script. Everything is only lightly and briefly touched; Winnie's childhood, her time in Jan Hofmeyer School, her courtship with Madiba, her struggle while incarcerated.

This movie does not really talk about the struggles of the couple and little light is shed on Winnie's role as a mother and her contribution within the family unit itself. If anything the movie a great reminder that behind a great man, there is always that crazy woman who makes sure all is taken care of.

One scene that makes most impact on me personally is the time when the policemen raided her house after the wedding and ruined the piece of wedding cake she had saved. Nothing is introduced on the reason why the piece is saved; whether this is customary or for any sentimental value.

Yet 7/10 must be given solely for the spectacular performances of the actors, each bringing great life to the, otherwise flat, story. The makeup team had done an amazing job trying to match both Jennifer Hudson's and Terrence Howard's appearances to match the figures they are portraying. Hat's off to the production team.


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