was directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Morgan Freeman playing
Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as the rugby team captain.
This film focuses on a single aspect of
Mandela's early presidential policy -- to support the national
rugby team and try to bring a torn and angry country together
by leading his team to the Rugby World Cup, rallying all citizens,
black and white, to band around a winning team.
The whole point is about the power of a
team coming together and uniting South Africa as a country getting
Morgan Freeman turns in an outstanding
performance as Nelson Mandela, new president of South Africa,
a split nation.
He chooses rugby as a nation-building tool
to mend fences that have grown (and torn apart) his home.
If you think for one minute this is a sports
film or that you will understand the sport of rugby any more
than you do now, you are sadly mistaken.
This is a film about hope, change, and
renewal -- and what it takes to bring a nation together.
Thank you, Thomas Arnold.
Master director Clint Eastwood's latest
movie, called Invictus, is a great feel-good true story
about a white South African rugby star who got together with
the nation's first black president, Nelson Mandela.
The film concentrates on the leader's efforts
to unify South Africa during the early days of his presidency,
ending in the country's unbelievable, stunning upset victory
at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Mandela used his nearly all-white rugby
team to win the championship and to bring the country together.