The Power of One

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Released 1992

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Director:
John G. Avildsen
Released:
1992
Rating:
PG-13
The Power of One follows the story of a young English boy as he grows up in South Africa during the 1930's. Directed by John G. Avildsen, the film begins with the young Peter Philip Kenneth-Keith (Guy Witcher) growing up on a farm with his mother and Zulu nanny (Nomadlozi Kubheka). When his mother falls ill, Peter attends an Afrikaner boarding school. Since Peter is English, the other boys blame him for the deaths of Afrikaners during the Second Anglo-Boer War and mercilessly bully him. The leader of the bullies, Jaapie Botha, and his followers urinate on Peter, giving him the nickname Pisskop, or "P.K." for short. After his mother dies, P.K. is eventually sent to live with a family friend, an old German pianist, Karl 'Doc' von Vollensteen (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Doc and P.K. bond, and Doc gives the boy piano lessons. When World War II starts, Doc ends up in jail as an enemy alien. Twelve-year-old P.K. (Simon Fenton) visits Doc in prison and another inmate, Geel Piet (Morgan Freeman), teaches P.K. how to box, so P.K. can defend himself against bullies. After the war ends, Doc returns to Germany, and the now eighteen-year-old P.K (Stephen Dorff) attends an English private school, where he meets the beautiful Maria (Fay Masterson). P.K goes on a campaign to teach English to the black Africans. As the forces of Apartheid oppose him, P.K. fights for Maria's love and his own freedom.moreless
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