For those that want to combine the human drama of a nations people struggling to throw off the shackles of Apartheid set against the 1995 Rugby World Cup this should be quite a movie experience.
What the press releases are saying:
"From director Clint Eastwood, 'INVICTUS' tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africas rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. 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 Africas underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match."
The poem 'INVICTUS' by William Ernest Henley, from which Nelson Mandela drew strength while in prison.
"Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul."
Clint Eastwood brings rugby to the big screen in his new movie Invictus. I will be released on Friday December 11th and stars Matt Damon, and Morgan Freeman. It was filmed entirely in South Africa and the film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country.
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 rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.
It is already a top vote getter as a best picture nominee for the Oscars in March.