How much can a person take a fight against racial discrimination; in his own land and give it straight back to the people who oppressed the natives based on skin colour? Well, if the answer was given in a way as to overthrow the ruling whites by force, that would be good; but to overthrow them by forgiving them for their ill-deeds would be great. This life history of having to go through the hardship of jails, confinement and many more ordeals plots the movie Mandela – long walk to freedom.
Running Time:
146 min
Release date:
28 November 2013
Directed by:
Justin Chadwick
Produced by:
Anant Singh
David M. Thompson
Written by:
William Nicholson
Based on:
Long Walk to Freedom by
Nelson Mandela
Idris Elba
Naomie Harris
Tony Kgoroge
Riaad Moosa
Zolani Mkiva
Music by:
Alex Heffes
Shot by:
Low Crawley
Editing by:
Rick Russell
Distributed by:

What’s Hot

  • The movie has a good storyline, that of the struggle of the oppressed to get their basic rights in their own country. The movie has touched upon the real-life struggles met by the protagonist.
  • The director has delivered a good movie by staying true to the story and screenplay. His portrayal of the Nelson Mandela’s life and his journey from his motherland to heading the country has been covered brilliantly.
  • The music is a standout giving us memories of “The Last King of Scotland”. The composer has used many genres of African music for very important scenes in the movie to overlay the dialogues.
  • The dialogues are a standout in this movie. The lesser words said and simple language spoken by a leader of the stature of Nelson Mandela, have been effective in taking the movie to greater heights.

What’s Not

  • The screenplay of the movie could have been done better. There are times when the viewer is left to guess what has been going on when the protagonist is serving a jail term.



Verdict Stamp

Madiba has won the hearts of people all over the world by taking up the fight against Aparthied. It was not the widespread violence that his party ANC that took up brought them the freedom they deserved, but the will to forgive the oppressors in spite of the cruelty meted out to him and his people. His journey through the ordeals in jail and the ultimate quest to win equal rights for his people make it a good watch.