Invictus Movie Essay

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Invictus: Is it Hollywood or is it History? Why do people go to the theatre? Is it that they want to be entertained or do they want to learn something about what happened in real life? Invictus, for example, is about the life of Nelson Mandela, the great political leader and president of South Africa. But, how much fact is actually in the movie? In this paper, I will prove that the film, Invictus, was historically accurate by discussing the true historical people and events, summarizing the movie, and comparing and contrasting how the movie portrayed the real people and events.

In order to learn about Mandela and his life, we’ll have to go back in time to learn about his past. Before apartheid was a real problem in South Africa, many
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The film was directed by Clint Eastwood, produced by Warner Brothers 2009, and includes Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela. (Invictus) The movie starts out by looking at a rugby field and a soccer field, that are separated by a road. One thats healthy looking and has men practicing rugby, and the other one was a run-down field, with teenage black boys playing soccer on it. Nelson Mandela drove by, and the black teens started chanting, “Mandela! Mandela!” Then it shifts to Nelson Mandela being sworn in as president. While Mandela is in his office after the inauguration, one of his body guards approaches him and talks to him about the new bodyguards that were hired, who were white. Mandela goes to the next rugby match to watch them, and sees the Springbok team lose. Meanwhile, a woman at a church tries to give a black child a Springbok jersey, which the child does not accept. A black woman explains that the Springbok still represents apartheid and the discrimination of blacks. A couple of days after the rugby match, a sports committee decides to disband the Springbok team, but suddenly Mandela comes in and stops them from doing it. Later, he travels around the world to try and gain support for South Africa to end the violence there. The Springbok captain gets a call from Nelson Mandela, saying that he wants to have a talk with him, but it it is unknown what he wants to talk about. It is later found out that Nelson Mandela wants to talk about the World Cup, and how he wants them to win, but Francois may have got the message that he wants to end apartheid with the Springbok team. When the Springboks were training, they were told that they needed to hold a clinic for black boys. Most disagreed with it, but they did it anyway. When they were met with all the black boys, they started chanting one of the players names, who was

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