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Mapantsula (1988)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 November 1992 (South Africa)
Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand ... See full summary »


Oliver Schmitz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Mogotlane Thomas Mogotlane ... Panic (Johannes Themba Mzolo)
Marcel van Heerden Marcel van Heerden ... Stander
Thembi Mtshali Thembi Mtshali ... Pat
Dolly Rathebe Dolly Rathebe ... Ma Modise
Peter Se-Puma Peter Se-Puma ... Duma Sithole (as Peter Sephuma)
Darlington Michaels Darlington Michaels ... Dingaan
Eugene Majola Eugene Majola ... Sam Modise
Gabriel Dichwabe Gabriel Dichwabe ... Crowd Leader
Brad Morris Brad Morris ... Riot Policeman
Polite Dlamini Polite Dlamini ... Prisoner
Duma Nyembe Duma Nyembe ... Prisoner
Jerry Mokgoko Jerry Mokgoko ... Policeman
Similo Makhambi Similo Makhambi ... Charge Office Sergeant
Boitumelo Dijoe Boitumelo Dijoe ... Sergeant
Arthur Molepo Arthur Molepo ... Warder


Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 November 1992 (South Africa) See more »

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Afrikander See more »

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Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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The first anti-apartheid feature film for and about Black South Africans. It was banned by the government of the day, but has subsequently won several South African Film Awards. See more »


Featured in In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid (1993) See more »

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I believe Thomas Mogotlane is the best actor to come out of South Africa to date.
10 July 2006 | by arthurt-2See all my reviews

Thomas Mogotlane portrays the life of a South African street thug with aplomb. The life style of this Pantsula on the screen is what you would have found in the Township Streets in that era. The apartheid struggle, the "struggle chants", the rent boycotts, the prison, the black police officers who never pondered about the future of their black brother & sisters, the midnight raids,everything in the movie is so eloquently presented. I have seen a number of movies that deals with apartheid but non comes close to Mapantsula. I was so touched by the situation and conditions that are portrayed in the movie because I can relate to them. Everything in the movie brought memories of the past. But I watched with pride because most of the things in the movies has been conquered. I agree, this is the best movie to have ever come out of South Africa to date. Thomas Mogotlane's performance is superb, Oscar winning stuff.

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