Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Violent and disturbing scenes in historical context. Moderate sex references.

About this Film

Revealing drama 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' chronicles the life of the world-famous freedom fighter and the fight against apartheid in South Africa.

The biopic delves into the revolutionary politician's life, from his humble beginnings in a rural village through to his election as the President of South Africa, as well as the many years struggle and strife in between…

Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' also stars Naomie Harris (Skyfall).

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  • Cast members
    Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto
  • Running time
    146 minutes
  • Directed by
    Justin Chadwick
  • Language

Reviews & Ratings

Reviews in the press

Total Film - 4/5 Stars

Idris is admirable Nelson

After 16 years gestation, 50 drafts and a change of leading man (Denzel Washington’s fingerprints were on it for a while), ‘Mandela The Movie’ has made its long walk to the screen. And yes, it’s worth the wait.

Instead of a history lesson trying to telescope all of Mandela’s legendary, lengthy life, this is a handsome and confident adaptation of the great man’s autobiography, using sharp snapshots to create an emotional through-line.

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Reviewer: KathsDate: 2014-01-16

Inspiring epic.


Reviewer: Happy Film-goer2Date: 2014-01-16

An inspirational story, gripping film and mesmerising performances. Brilliant!

Excellent Biopic

Reviewer: Harey MaryDate: 2014-01-16

It was a brave and successful attempt to encapsulate Nelson Mandela's long life into 146 minutes. Idris Elba may not have physically resembled the great man but his acting was superlative and he captures the spirit of Mandela's great speeches.


Reviewer: HughesyboyDate: 2014-01-11

A must see...!!!! brilliant film. Well worth every penny

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