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World Apart (1988)

Director: Chris Menges     Starring: Barbara Hershey
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40718853
UPC: 027616927552
UPC 14: 00027616927552
Rating: Game Rating Code
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In A Nation Divided, One Family Must Fight To Stay Together
Based on a true story, this "haunting, deeply moving film" (Los Angeles Times) brims with "emotion and radiant intelligence" (The New Yorker) and features Barbara Hershey in a "strikingly forceful performance" (New York), this potent account of personal and political turmoil brims with "emotion and radiant intelligence" (The New Yorker)!

South Africa, 1963. Communist Gus Roth (Jeroen Krabbe) is forced to flee Johannesburg to escape arrest, leaving his activist wife Diana (Hershey) to continue their crusade against apartheid. But when Diana is wrenched from her three daughters and jailed under the notorious 90-day Detention Act, she and her family face the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom.

Editor's Note
Apartheid threatens to tear her from her 13-year-old daughter when the first white woman - a journalist - is arrested and put in solitary in 1963 for defying the South African government.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Hi-fi Stereo, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/27/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 113 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1988
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1008763
Video UPC UPC: 00027616927552
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Barbara Hershey
Video Cast Info Jeroen Krabbe
Video Cast Info Jodhi May
Video Cast Info Nadine Chalmers
Video Cast Info Brian Morris - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Chris Menges - Director
Video Cast Info Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Nicolas Gaster - Editor
Video Cast Info Peter Biziou - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Sarah Radclyffe - Producer
Video Cast Info Shawn Slovo - Writer
Video Cast Info Tim Brevan, et. al. - Executive Producer
Plot Summary
Based on a true story, in 1963 South Africa, a white, female journalist defies the government and is arrested under the new 90-day Detention Act.


British Academy Awards (1989)
Video Award Name Shawn Slovo, Winner, Best Screenplay - Original
   Video Award Name David Suchet, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Cannes Film Festival (1988)
Video Award Name Barbara Hershey, Jodhi May, & Linda Mvusi, Winner, Best Actress

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...A beautifully acted, maddening movie....Hershey is splendid..." 06/17/1988 p.C10

Film Comment
"...Jodhi May is excellent..." 08/01/1988 p.5-8

Los Angeles Times
"...A haunting and deeply moving film of conscience and consequence....Told with an empathy that is strengthened by director Chris Menges' refusal to sentimentalize his characters..." 07/01/1988 p.C1

Washington Post 9 of 10
Where Chris Menges' A World Apart falters artistically, it gains emotionally, with an unabashed raised fist for black South Africa. Here's a film that doesn't equivocate, that goes for the gut with disarmingly melodramatic abandon. - Desson Howe

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
A World Apart is about the specific ways in which individual lives are affected by a legal system in which one's rights depend on one's race...The film is the first directorial work by Chris Menges, the cinematographer of The Killing Fields and The Mission. It is strong, angry and troubling. - Roger Ebert

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