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Bopha! (1993)

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In this story of a black policeman during South African apartheid, Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist ... See full summary »

Director:

Morgan Freeman

Writers:

Percy Mtwa (play), Brian Bird (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Micah Mangena
Malcolm McDowell ... De Villiers
Alfre Woodard ... Rosie Mangena
Marius Weyers ... Van Tonder
Maynard Eziashi ... Zweli Mangena
Malick Bowens ... Pule Rampa
Michael Chinyamurindi Michael Chinyamurindi ... Solomon
Christopher John Hall Christopher John Hall ... Naledi Machikano
Grace Mahlaba Grace Mahlaba ... Thokozile Machikano
Robin Smith Robin Smith ... Retleif
Julie Strijdom Julie Strijdom ... Lucy Van Tonder (as Julie Stridom)
Peter Kampila Peter Kampila ... Nonsizt
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube Sello Maake Ka-Ncube ... Magubane
Eric Miyeni Eric Miyeni ... Bantebe
Tshepo Nzimande Tshepo Nzimande ... Mandla
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In this story of a black policeman during South African apartheid, Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist government. When his son gets involved in the anti-apartheid movement, he finds himself torn between his family (including long-suffering wife Alfre Woodard) and what he believes is his duty. Written by M

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and apartheid-driven violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

24 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bopa! See more »

Filming Locations:

Goromonzi, Zimbabwe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$212,483
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Morgan Freeman's first film as a director. See more »


Soundtracks

AFRICAN AFTERNOON
Written by Paul Delph & Ric Blair
Performed by Paul Delph, Ric Blair & Doug Webb
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Less than it should have been
20 February 2018 | by rooakSee all my reviews

It's hard to criticise a film that has such noble intentions. But what should have been a gripping story ended up being strangely emotionally a little flat. Danny Glover didn't really fill out his role adequately, and as his story is the central one, it was a little disappointing. Other performances were generally okay. The score by Horner was not his greatest, and seemed quite derivative of other composers. And way too often it sounded like an American score (all that brass!) Some of the cinematography was stunning.


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