Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

November 29th 2013
  • Drama/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • 146 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz, Mark Elderkin, Robert Hobbs, Theo Landey, Carl Beukes, Gys de Villiers, Grant Swanby, Adam Neill, Patrick John Walton, Sivuyile Ngesi, Garth Breytenbach, Armand Aucamp, Michelle Scott, Richard Lothian, Nabeel Khan, Nomfusi Gotyana, Carel Nel
  • Director: Justin Chadwick
  • Writer: William Nicholson
  • Producers: Anant Singh, David M. Thompson
  • Co Producer: Vlokkie Gordon
  • Executive Producers: François Ivernel, Cameron McCracken
  • Art Direction: Willie Botha
  • Casting: Moonyeenn Lee
  • Costume Designs: Diana Cilliers, Ruy Filipe
  • D.O.P.: Lol Crawley
  • Editor: Rick Russell
  • Makeup: Simone Stubbs
  • Music: Alex Heffes
  • Production Design: Johnny Breedt
  • Set Decorations: Fred Du Preez, Melinda Launspach


"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: South Africa
  • MPAA Warning: Some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language
  • Production Budget: $35 million
  • Production Companies: Videovision Entertainment, Distant Horizon, Pathé
  • Production Schedule: May 2012 - 15 September 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "The official film adaptation of South African President Nelson Mandela's biography of the same name, producer Anant Singh actually scored the film rights to the book over a decade ago. Numerous attempts were made to adapt it, at one point "The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper was slated to helm. Most famously, Morgan Freeman was set to play Mandela in the film for many years. He ultimately passed on the opportunity, taking on the role instead in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus."

"The Other Boelyn Girl" and "Bleak House" director Justin Chadwick ended up helming the movie which finally made it into production last summer. Acclaimed British actor and "Luther" star Idris Elba is playing Mandela alongside "Skyfall" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" actress Naomie Harris as his wife Winnie. Based on a script by "Gladiator," "Les Miserables" and "Shadowlands" scribe William Nicholson, the story will span Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

The largest South African production ever mounted, the project boasts the full support and endorsement of Mandela himself and his foundation. It was also shot in South Africa in the various actual locations that played a key part in Mandela's life including the infamous prisons like Robben Island and Pollsmoor where he had been incarcerated for 27 years. With Elba mostly seen by Hollywood as an action blockbuster type, it'll be great that audiences will get to see him tackle a big screen meaty dramatic role like this."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 18 December 2013: France
  • 19 December 2013: Netherlands
  • 3 January 2014: Ireland, UK
  • 23 January 2014: Denmark
  • 30 January 2014: Germany
  • 7 February 2014: Sweden