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The Power of One [DVD]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on the novel by Bryce Courtenay and set against the racial strife of 1930s South Africa, THE POWER OF ONE is a spirited tale of a young boy's fight against oppression starring Stephen Dorff as P.K., a lonely English orphan who is forced to endure racial hatred at an exclusive Afrikaaner boarding school. Perpetually the outsider, he is constantly tormented by his British-bashing classmates. With the onset of WWII, P.K. is taken in by Doc (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a liberal German scientist, and becomes his ward while incarcerated in a political prison. In prison, he meets Geel Piet (Morgan Freeman), a strong African boxer who teaches him the power of African myth, dialect, and the fine art of boxing. Armed with motivation and a new way to defend his beliefs, P.K. is able to start over at a more liberal high school, where he grows into a young man tempered by the racism and violence surrounding him. P.K.'s battle for personal and political freedom becomes a quest for racial equality and respect. He goes against convention and, with an African friend, ventures into the segregated townships to teach reading. Ultimately, P.K.'s actions leave his schoolmates irate--forcing him to enter the ring to fight for freedom. Director John G. Avildsen's inspirational and triumphant epic of one boy's battle against hatred and oppression is set to a moving African score composed by Hans Zimmer, featuring the music of the Masibemunye Bulawayo Choir.
  • Credits
    Stephen Dorff, Guy Witcher, Simon Fenton, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud, John Gielgud, Arthur John Gielgud
  • Critic Reviews
    "...There is a heedless fascination, a primordial watchability to this film....This is one director who knows exactly what he is after, and just how to get it..."
    Los Angeles Times

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