The inclusion of the story of South Africa's Springbok Rugby Club--a symbol of white repression for black citizens--and its improbable success in the 1995 World Cup provides a powerful parable of the power of sport and national pride turning out to be a force for unity.
And perhaps a path for easing the burdens of remaking a nation (that now must be faced by black and white South Africans together) for decades to come.
While the film is not a film with a lot of surprises, it succeeds in showing us that in some cases the better side of human nature can come to the fore.
The title of the film comes from a poem by the Victorian writer William Ernest Henley.
Anthony Peckham (screenplay)
John Carlin(based on his book "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation")
Cast (in credits order)
Morgan Freeman ... Nelson Mandela
Matt Damon ... François Pienaar
Tony Kgoroge ...Jason Tshabalala
Patrick Mofokeng ... Linga Moonsamy
Matt Stern ... Hendrick Booyens
Julian Lewis Jones ... Etienne Feyder