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Invictus 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 along together.

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.

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