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Catch a Fire (2006)

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A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writer:

Shawn Slovo
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Col. Nic Vos
Derek Luke ... Patrick Chamusso
Bonnie Henna ... Precious Chamusso
Mncedisi Shabangu Mncedisi Shabangu ... Zuko September
Tumisho Masha Tumisho Masha ... Obadi (as Tumisho K. Masha)
Sithembiso Khumalo Sithembiso Khumalo ... Sixpence
Terry Pheto ... Miriam
Michele Burgers Michele Burgers ... Anna Vos
Mpho Lovinga Mpho Lovinga ... Johnny Piliso
Mxo Mxo ... Pete My Baby
Jay Anstey ... Katie Vos (as Jessica Anstey)
Charlotte Savage Charlotte Savage ... Marie Vos
Nomhle Nkonyeni Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Mama Dorothy
Michael Mabizela Michael Mabizela ... Shaven Head Bomber
Eduan van Jaarsveldt Eduan van Jaarsveldt ... Special Branch Sergeant (as Eduan van Jaarsveld)
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Storyline

A political thriller: the real-life story of a South African hero's journey to freedom. In the country's turbulent and divided times in the 1980s, Patrick Chamusso is an oil refinery foreman and soccer coach who is apolitical - until he and his wife Precious are jailed. Patrick is stunned into action against the country's oppressive reigning system, even as police Colonel Nic Vos further insinuates himself into the Chamussos' lives. Written by Focus Features

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It takes one spark for an ordinary man to become a hero. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France | UK | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Zulu | Portuguese

Release Date:

27 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,026,997, 29 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,291,965, 19 November 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tim Robbins' character Nick Vos is not based on one specific person. His character was a composite of several people involved in the events depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

Obadi: Are you ready to die!
Rebels: Yes, commander!
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Connections

Referenced in Tavis Smiley: Episode dated 26 October 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Zantinti
Written by Ray Phiri
Performed by Paul Ndlovu
Courtesy of Gallo Music Group
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Hyper-realistic, emotional and fair minded
11 September 2006 | by relian-1See all my reviews

This movie, set in the 1980's, depicts and contrasts the brutal oppression of White South Africa with the opposition of the ANC, most notably Joe Slovo, a hero of the time. Joe Slovo paid a high price for his opposition, including the loss of his wife to the oppressors of the day, but this movie, with a screenplay written by one of his children, takes a high-minded, forgiving approach that few of us could ever contemplate in the circumstances. Told through the eyes of Patrick Chamusso, a gentle man whose quiet life becomes radicalized by oppressive forces, the movie is powerful, emotional and, curiously - for reasons mentioned, balanced. One of the best movies I have ever seen, with a fine performance by Tim Robbins as a detective without a soul. This movie was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival where it received lengthy and well-deserved applause, as did a gracious Mr. Chamusso, who was on hand at the premiere.


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