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Actor Morgan Freeman portrays anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela in this Clint Eastwood-helmed political drama adapted from author John Carlin's book The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed the World. Set just after the fall of apartheid and during Mandela's first term in office, The Human Factor explores how the political prisoner-turned-president used the 1995 Rugby World Cup -- which was hosted by South Africa -- as a means of bringing blacks and whites together after decades of violence and mistrust. Matt Damon co-stars in the Warner Bros. production as rugby player Francois Pienaar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 11, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Producers Guild of America Lori McCreary Producer of the Year 2009 Nominee
National Board of Review Morgan Freeman Best Actor 2009 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Morgan Freeman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Morgan Freeman Best Actor 2009 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Robert Lorenz Producer of the Year 2009 Nominee
National Board of Review Clint Eastwood Best Director 2009 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2009 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Clint Eastwood Producer of the Year 2009 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Mace Neufeld Producer of the Year 2009 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Matt Damon Best Supporting Actor 2009 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Matt Damon Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Matt Damon Best Supporting Actor 2009 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Morgan J. Freeman Best Actor 2009 Nominee

Cast

Morgan Freeman
as Nelson Mandela
Matt Damon
as Francois Pienaar
Tony Kgoroge
as Jason Tshabalala
Matt Stern
as Hendrick Booyens
Julian Lewis Jones
as Etienne Feyder
Leleti Khumalo
as Mary
Patrick Lyster
as Mr. Pienaar
Penny Downie
as Mrs. Pienaar
Bonnie Henna
as Zindzi
Danny Keogh
as Rugby President
Dan Robbertse
as Boer
Robin Smith
as Johan De Villiers
Grant Brett Swanby
as Co-Captain of 747
Robert Hobbs
as Presidential Guard
Langley Kirkwood
as Presidential Guard
Vuyo Dabula
as Presidential Guard
Japan Mthembu
as Local Cop
Albert Maritz
as Springbok Manager
Meren Reddy
as Minister of the Environment
Lida Botha
as Mrs. Brits
Susan Danford
as Mrs. Cole
Sylvia Mngxekeza
as Mrs. Dlamini
Malusi Skenjana
as NSC Firebrand
Johnny Cicco
as Staff Member
Wayne Harrison
as Staff Member
Ashley Taylor
as Team Crew
Kgosi Mongake
as Sipho
Nambitha Mpumlwana
as Trophy Wife
Andre Jacobs
as TV Announcer

Crew

Clint Eastwood
Director
Clint Eastwood
Producer
Robert Lorenz
Producer
Lori McCreary
Producer
Mace Neufeld
Producer
John Carlin
Book Author
Tony Peckham
Screenwriter
Tom Stern
Cinematographer
Kyle Eastwood
Composer (Music Score)
Joel Cox
Editor
Gary D. Roach
Editor
James Murakami
Production Designer
Tom Hannam
Supervising Art Director
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson
Art Director
Genevieve Hofmeyr
Supervising Producer
Gary Barber
Executive Producer
Morgan Freeman
Executive Producer
Deborah Hopper
Costume Designer
Leon van der Merwe
Set Decorator
Walt Martin
Sound Mixer
Fiona Weir
Casting
Peter Dress
Second Assistant Director
Roger Kellaway
Conductor
Bub Asman
Supervising Sound Editor
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