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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [Blu-ray]

  • PG-13
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Nelson Mandela's life story is told in this adaptation of the South African leader's autobiography that details his early life, education, 27-year imprisonment, and eventual presidency and rebuilding of the previously segregated country. William Nicholson provides the script, with Idris Alba and Naomie Harris heading up the cast.
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  • Credits
    Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva
  • Critic Reviews
    "Idris Elba gives a towering performance..."
    Variety

    "[T]he talent of the lead actors lends it heft, particularly the commanding performance of Idris Elba as Mandela."
    USA Today

    "[A] respectful biopic...[with] the superb performance Idris Elba in the title role."
    Wall Street Journal

    "It's impossible not to be moved by the brute force of Mandela the man's tragic life."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "It's an astounding performance. Elba may not resemble the man he's playing, but he gets the details right, from the singsong accent and shrewd image-making to the fire for change that drives him."
    Rolling Stone

    3 stars out of 4 -- "[The film] does a worthy job of honoring both its subject and its audience....The story propels itself along while awakening in viewers some profound emotions."
    Washington Post

    "[Elba] turns in maybe the most complete and compelling interpretation of Mandela the man and Mandela the symbol..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Elba just about defines charisma in a performance that capitalizes on the actor's innate dignity and strength."
    Los Angeles Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a handsome and confident adaptation of the great mans autobiography, using sharp snapshots to create an emotional through-line."
    Total Film

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