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Still shot from the movie: Invictus.


Sports are a language that knows no race or color. Hoping the peoples' passion for rugby will pull his divided nation together, South Africa's new president, Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) enlists the help of team leader Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) while their country hosts the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (This movie is based on a true story). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 134
Theater Release: 11 Dec 2009
Video Release: 18 May 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What tensions are evident in the inner ranks of Mandela’s staff? Why is it important for Mandela to have a mixture of Black and White individuals working with him?

How does the mantra, “One Team One Country,” serve to help unite the South Africans? What inspires the Black population to support the Springboks?

Invictus is the title of a poem written by Englishman William Ernest Henley. How do the words of this verse inspire Mandela during his time in prison? How does he use the poem to inspire the team? What does Mandela mean when he says that to succeed they must exceed their own expectations?

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