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Schoolteacher Ben du Toit Donald Sutherland has been insulated all his life from the horrors of apartheid in his native South Africa. Perhaps he really didn't want to know. When the son of his black gardener is arrested and beaten as a result of a schoolboy protest in Soweto, at first he imagines the police must have had their reasons. However, the boy is picked up again, and this time he doesn't come back. Ben promises his servant that he will look into the incident, and discovers that the boy was killed simply ...
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Schoolteacher Ben du Toit Donald Sutherland has been insulated all his life from the horrors of apartheid in his native South Africa. Perhaps he really didn't want to know. When the son of his black gardener is arrested and beaten as a result of a schoolboy protest in Soweto, at first he imagines the police must have had their reasons. However, the boy is picked up again, and this time he doesn't come back. Ben promises his servant that he will look into the incident, and discovers that the boy was killed simply to gratify the violent urges of Captain Stolz Jurgen Prochnow, a "special branch" policeman. At long last he has gotten a glimpse into the truly arbitrary and violent nature of the system he has so long benefitted from, and he hires Ian Mackenzie Marlon Brando to prosecute the killer. It is a foregone conclusion that Stolz will not be punished, but Mackenzie rises to new heights of withering sarcasm and irony in the courtroom. This situation turns Ben into a radical firebrand, which alienates him from his white friends and neighbors, as well as members of his family.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • UPC: 027616125385
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Sutherland Ben du Toit
Winston Ntshona Gordon Ngubene
Zakes Mokae Stanley Makhaya
Jürgen Prochnow Capt. Stolz
Susan Sarandon Melanie Bruwer
Marlon Brando Ian McKenzie
Janet Suzman Susan du Toit
Leonard Maguire Mr. Bruwer
Rowen Elmes Johan du Toit
Gerard Thoolen Colonel Viljoen
Stella Dickin Susan's Mother
David de Keyser Susan's Father
Andrew Whaley Chris
John Kani Julius
Sophie Mgcina Margaret
Bekhithemba Mpofu Jonathan
Tinashe Makoni Robert
Precious Thiri Wellington
Richard Wilson Cloete
Derek Hanekom Viviers
Michael Gambon Magistrate
Paul Brooke Dr. Herzog
Grant Davidson Lieutenant Venter
Mannie de Villiers Police Commandant
Ernest Ndlovu Archibald Mabaso
Charles Pillai Dr. Hassiem
Andre Proctor Jaimie
Thoko Ntshinga Emily Ngubene
Susannah Harker Suzette du Toit
Ronald Pickup Louw
Stephen Hanly Sgt. Van Zyl
Kevin Johnson Gert
Ndu Gumede Douma
Sello Maake Johnson Seroke
Rosemary Martin Mrs. Beachley
Willie Zweni Aubrey Kunene
Mercia Davids Sadie
Anna Manimanzi Soweto Girl
Hugh Masekela
Technical Credits
Euzhan Palcy Director, Screenwriter
Marc Boyle Stunts
Michel Cheyko Asst. Director
Alison Cross Screenwriter
Glenn Cunningham Editor
John Fenner Production Designer
Pierre-Wiliam Glenn Cinematographer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Tim Hampton Executive Producer
David Harris Special Effects
Rory Kilalea Production Manager
Tommie Manderson Makeup
Lionel Ngakane Consultant/advisor
Sam O'Steen Editor
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Michael Phillips Art Director
Kelvin Pike Cinematographer
Mary Selway Producer
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Paula Weinstein Producer
Colin Welland Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Dry White Season
1. Start [8:31]
2. "Illegal Demonstration" [12:18]
3. Asking in Vain [13:18]
4. White Burden [5:51]
5. A Need for Justice [6:24]
6. "I Don't Recall" [11:59]
7. Cynicism vs. Realism [4:18]
8. Choosing the Truth [6:14]
9. Gathering Evidence [12:02]
10. Unhappy Holidays [8:03]
11. Intimidation & Loyalty [11:35]
12. Media Attention [5:53]
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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Highly Recommemded!!

    This movie must be seen. It was a very good and sad movie. It is all about the injustice in South Africia againsant it's own people. Donald Sutherland gives a terrific performance to bring justice to his country.

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