Long Walk to Freedom

DVD - 2014 | Widescreen ed
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Based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, it chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society.


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Feb 10, 2021

This engaging docudrama looks into the journey to freedom of Nelson Mandela and chronicles his early life, education, and marriage as well as his 27 years in prison. Superb are the performances of Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie. Inspiring and eye-opening!

Feb 28, 2019


Jul 17, 2018

Best book ever!

Nov 01, 2017

It is a good example of portraying someone that evolves from many years of working within the law, then resorting to violence to make a point, to realizing that peace was the only way to heal the country's racial wars, over more violence, and vengeance.
The film follows Nelson Mandela from around 1943, while working as a lawyer in Johannesburg, just before joining the African National Congress (ANC) party, through his 27 years in prison, release in 1990, up until his presidency in 1994.
Mandela brought in a coalition government which emphasised reconciliation and created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past abuses.
Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013; President of South Africa May 10 1994 - June 14, 1999.

Apr 10, 2017

Good movie that traces Mandela's self-absorption and persistence in becoming a high-status, studly lawyer, into a true leader who not only persists but also sacrifices much to bring his nation forward. 27 years of arrest! The prison scenes and how Mandela connects with his jailers is very well-done, as are the effects on his wife, Winnie, who is also imprisoned and abused, and their family. The role of violence, often automatically shied away from as being bad, is realistically portrayed as a tool by both sides.

Apr 02, 2017

It was a good movie to iniate oneself into all that Mandela went through. A note: Near the beginning, he hits his first wife. I kept strive to be free meanwhile some keep their wives "down". However, that is just a side point...and should not overshadow the greatness of what this man accomplished....and his second wife was certainly a hero also.

Mar 21, 2017

Pure quintessential hollywood crap. Nelson Mandela's legacy deserves so much better than this unfathomably depraved capitalist propaganda. Read the book!

Feb 04, 2017

The movie is truthful and transparently shows Mandela's personality . it shows at one scene that he cheated on his wife and it shows in another scene his mighty power overcoming 27 years in prison to become a president. So you want to learn from him as an icon of personal power. The actor , Idris Elba, has succeeded in his role and literally lived in one of the cell in Robben Island. I recommend this movie

Jul 20, 2015

I saw the movie and I had liked it this is based on a true story this is not for children to watch

Oct 08, 2014

Although the movie was over two hours long, the content felt compressed. I also felt that Idris Elba was not right for the role. The story of Nelson Mandela and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa is a great one, and I felt it could have been done better.

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“Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will”. -Nelson Mandela


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