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December 9, 2009 > Movie Review: 'Invictus'

Movie Review: 'Invictus'

Opens December 11

By Mona Shah

Clint Eastwood directs this uplifting movie about the relationship between South African President Nelson Mandela and a white South African rugby player.

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 rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

"I have come to judge good jobs and good directors by how my wife feels about them," Matt Damon, told guests at a recent Museum of the Moving Image gala in New York City honoring Eastwood. "And my wife loves Clint Eastwood."

The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (NBR) views over 300 films throughout the year and at year's end, members receive a list of all films screened, along with final ballots, which are tabulated by a certified public accounting firm in order to determine annual honorees. The NBR traditionally announces their winners the first week of December, with the annual awards gala held in early January.

This year, the Best Actor award went to Morgan Freeman and Best Director award to Clint Eastwood both for 'Invictus.'

Runtime: 134 mins.
Rated: PG-13 for brief strong language

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