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2009 (Clint Eastwood) PG, 133 minutes

Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Clint Eastwood, winner of two Academy Awards each for Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven (plus an additional five nominations over the years), takes on another complex and stirring real-life story. Set during the early years of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Nelson Mandela’s term as president of South Africa, Invictus recounts how Mandela (Freeman) worked to unite black and white South Africans through his support of the national rugby team, the Springboks, despite the fact that the team was mostly white and had little support from black citizens. In cooperation with the team’s captain, Francois Pienaar (Damon), President Mandela pulled together a divided nation in support of their underdog team. A.O. Scott calls it “powerful, full of conviction and one of the most inspiring movies of the year.”


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