December 11th 2009
  • Drama/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Scott Eastwood, Langley Kirkwood, Grant Roberts, Penny Downie, Robert Hobbs, Bonnie Henna, Tony Kgoroge, Julian Lewis Jones, Patrick Holland, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Graham Lindemann, Vaughn Thompson, Charl Engelbrecht
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Anthony Peckham, John Carlin
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Lori McCreary, Mace Neufeld
  • Executive Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Morgan Freeman, Tim Moore
  • Art Direction: Tom Hannam
  • Casting: Fiona Weir
  • Costume Design: Deborah Hopper
  • D.O.P.: Tom Stern
  • Editors: Joel Cox, Gary Roach
  • Makeup: Raine Edwards
  • Musics: Kyle Eastwood, Clint Eastwood
  • Production Design: James J. Murakami


The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: South Africa
  • MPAA Warning: Brief Strong Language
  • Production Budget: $50 million
  • Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Revelations Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Malpaso Productions
  • Production Schedule: March 2009 - May 2009

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Invictus is also a short poem by the British poet William Ernest Henley. The title is Latin for "Invincible". It was first published in 1875.

The film is based on the book "Playing The Enemy: Nelson Mandela And The Game That Changed a Nation by John Carlin". The filmmakers met with Carlin for a week in his Barcelona home, discussing how to transform the book into a screenplay.

Matt Damon was given intensive coaching by Chester Williams, another star of the 1995 team, at the Gardens Rugby Club.

Over Christmas 2008 auditions had taken place in London to try and find a well-known British actor to play Pienaar's father, but in March it was decided to cast a lesser-known South African actor instead.

The film is scheduled to have the 1984 Warner Bros. logo (which is actually the Flags of Our Fathers variation) instead of the current logo.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 21 January 2010: Australia, Czech Republic
  • 28 January 2010: Argentina
  • 29 January 2010: Spain
  • 4 February 2010: Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia
  • 5 February 2010: Japan, Sweden, UK
  • 11 February 2010: Greece
  • 12 February 2010: Italy
  • 17 February 2010: Belgium
  • 18 February 2010: Germany
  • 19 February 2010: Romania
  • 24 February 2010: France
  • 26 February 2010: Finland