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Endgame (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 18 January 2009 (USA)
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.


Pete Travis


Robert Harvey (book), Paula Milne
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Professor Willie Esterhuyse
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Thabo Mbeki
Jonny Lee Miller ... Michael Young
Mark Strong ... Dr. Neil Barnard
Clarke Peters ... Nelson Mandela
John Kani ... Oliver Tambo
Derek Jacobi ... Rudolph Agnew
Timothy West ... P.W. Botha
Matthew Marsh ... F.W. de Klerk
Mike Huff Mike Huff ... Willem de Klerk
Stephen Jennings Stephen Jennings ... Kobie Coetsee
Patrick Lyster ... Sampie Terreblanche
Ramon Tikaram ... Aziz Pahad
Danny Scheinmann ... Albie Sachs
Porteus Xandau Porteus Xandau ... Christo Brand


A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Patriot. Terrorist. Negotiator. Peacemaker. See more »


Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence/disturbing images and some strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK] | Official site




English | Afrikaans | Xhosa

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apartheids sidste dage See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,608, 8 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,645, 17 January 2010
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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21 November 2010 | by egress63See all my reviews

Well, my knowledge of Apartheid is limited to my knowledge of a personality called Nelson Mandela and that he led a non-violent struggle for equality. That's about it. So, when I saw this title and the good reviews that it had received - I decided to try it out.

Unfortunately for me, I was thrown into South African history (this was expected) and I was surrounded with over 20 character (this was not expected). Botha, Thabo, Mbeki, Alie Sachs, Wille Esterhuyse, some gold consolidations organization, a PR agent - within the first twenty minutes, my head was spinning. And thus, whenever a new character came on screen, I had to press the pause button and look up Wikipedia. That is how I watched this movie.

So, for the first 35 minutes or so, I spent an equal amount of time reading Wikipedia (which was not bad, I got a lot of info) but what this means is that Endgame is not meant for the viewer who is not ready to break a sweat. Unless your knowledge of South African apartheid is not up to scratch, Endgame will make little sense by itself.

However, once you know the characters and their motives the movie turns into an extremely compelling drama and a case study of how negations are done. This would make a terrific add-on to a history course. It is a very educational movie and the acting by William Hurt and Chiwetel Ejiofor was excellent and very convincing. The direction was also very well done and the script writing was very effective (considering the nature of the subject).

In the end, this should have been a 3-4 hour miniseries. The treatment of Apartheid with proper introduction to the major characters ought to get that much time. Unfortunately Endgame is all that we get. Go ahead and watch it - it is worth the effort.

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