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His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion. Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) -- Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.
Released on:
December 11, 2009  

Production Companies:
Malpaso Productions, Revelations Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions
Warner Bros

Status: Released

This film was Previously Known As:
"The Human Factor"

Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

Director: Clint Eastwood

Screenwriter: Anthony Peckham
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Drama, True Story, Sports
About the film:
A look at life for Nelson Mandela after the fall of apartheid in South Africa during his first term as president when campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $8.61 mil. (2125 theaters) | Domestic Total: $37.49 mil.
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James Cameron – Aberdeen, North Carolina
September 14, 2009 - 17:42
Subject: Submitting an idea?

Would a serious idea or story for a film that was submitted to this website ever be considered by Mr. Eastwood? Perhaps someone involved with Malpaso Productions studies such ideas well before they would be seen by Mr. Eastwood. I would be very interested to know. Thank you....James

Nicholas Carter – South Africa
October 03, 2008 - 19:13
Subject: Malpaso reply please

Could someone from Malpaso Productions contact me re the Human Factor production thanks Nick Caretr South Africa

Nicholas Carter – south africa
September 30, 2008 - 04:06
Subject: The Human Factor.

The Production team,as a writer/ arranger/ producer I have had the opportunity to produce 2 tracks which were given to Mandela for his birthay.
I spoke to Sylvia at Malpaso some months back to see if the producers would be interested in hearing them, and if they may resonate with the movie concept.At that stage she said it was way too early in the process- but wondered if you may be interested now?
track 1: Going home to meet the king 7min30 (filmscore format)inspired by a letter Madiba wrote my mother while in Pollsmoor prison in 1983)
track 2: Nelson (the Island) 4mins an original song made fomous at politacal ralles from late 70's- mid 80's by a struggle band called "Raak Wys'( be aware) for which i was commissioned to write a new bridge and produce.The project has an extensive history of the band with pics and text.
Both songs have been given to Madiba and capture some essential South African music genre/texture.thanks Nick