Invictus – 2009

Invictus - 2009 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Overview

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

 
 

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Invictus - 2009 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Cast (first billed)

  • Morgan Freeman – Nelson Mandela
  • Matt Damon – Francois Pienaar
  • Tony Kgoroge – Jason Tshabalala
  • Patrick Mofokeng – Linga Moonsamy

Director

  • Clint Eastwood

Plot

Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. (Warner Bros.)

Critical Reception

“It’s an exciting sports movie, an inspiring tale of prejudice overcome and, above all, a fascinating study of political leadership.” – The New York Times – A.O. Scott

“Eastwood’s modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating. In a rare achievement, he’s made a film that truly is good for the soul.” – Rolling Stone – Peter Travers

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