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Mary and Martha (2013)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 20 April 2013
Two mothers lose their sons to malaria.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Mary
Brenda Blethyn ... Martha
Sam Claflin ... Ben
Frank Grillo ... Peter
Lux Haney-Jardine Lux Haney-Jardine ... George
Bongo Mbutuma Bongo Mbutuma ... Pumelele
Ian Redford ... Charles
James Woods ... Mary's Father
Nokuthula Ledwaba Nokuthula Ledwaba ... Micaela
Sifiso Sihlangu Sifiso Sihlangu ... Little Paul
Kagiso Lediga ... Kumi
Zethu Dlomo ... Patience
Katleho Ramaphakela ... South African Doctor
Bea Miller ... Funeral Singer (as Beatrice Miller)
Mangaliso Ngema Mangaliso Ngema ... Mozambican Doctor
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Storyline

Hilary Swank stars as Mary and Brenda Blethyn stars as Martha, an American interior designer and British housewife who have little in common apart from the one thing they wish they didn't. When malaria strikes, the lives of these very different women change forever. They forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process. Enlisting the help of Mary's estranged father, a former politico, the two women beseech both the powers that be and ordinary people to get involved, realizing a shared responsibility to all the world's children. Written by HBO

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Two mothers connected by loss. Inspired by hope.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

In the local restaurant scene, the waitress speaks in Spanish while serving Mary and her son but Mozambique's official language is Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Mary's Father: Well, you can't deny it's an interesting area.
Mary: It's an interesting area?
Mary's Father: Yeah, I've been looking into it. Did you know that if you take every single person killed in a terrorist attack around the world in the last twenty years, and you add to that every life lost in the Middle East since 1967, the 6 day war, and you add to this every single American life lost in Vietnam and Korea, and every single American engagement since then - Iraq, Afghanistan, if you take all those lives, and you multiply ...
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Crazy Credits

Mentioned in the End Credits: "Produced with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa, who does not accept any liability for the content and does not necessarily support such content." See more »

Connections

References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Ice
Co-Produced by Nalle Karlsson
Guitars by Nalle Karlsson
Performed by the North
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waste of time & money
16 May 2017 | by palofsophieSee all my reviews

Read the other reviews if interested in plot. The persons involved in creating this film may have had great motivation. The time & talents of Swank & Bletheyn are wasted. The dialogue is lame :"Is you husband cute? I think so." Who says stuff like that?The relationships seem false. The scenes with medical personnel are laughable. The scenery is interesting. I could not watch the entire film- it was aggravating.


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