Invictus

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Released 2009

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Director:
Clint Eastwood
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG-13

From director Clint Eastwood, Invictus tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa's 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 Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It's an exciting sports movie, an inspiring tale of prejudice overcome and, above all, a fascinating study of political leadership.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Instead of a thriller, war movie or western, the director has turned out a stirring drama about South African leader Nelson Mandela, blending entertainment, social message and hist...

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Inspirational on the face of it, Clint Eastwood's film has a predictable trajectory, but every scene brims with surprising details that accumulate into a rich fabric of history, cu...

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Drama, Sports

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international news, Biography, history defining moment, sports debate, slow dialogue