Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom parents guide

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba has big shoes to fill in the role of Nelson Mandela in this bio-pic

Overall B+

In this bio-drama, Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela. The film explores Mandela's extraordinary life accomplishments on his long walk to bring freedom to the indigenous people of South Africa.

Release date December 25, 2013

Violence D+
Sexual Content C+
Profanity C+
Substance Use C+

Why is Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language.

Run Time: 139 minutes

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom rated PG-13? Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language.

Violence: Numerous scenes include beatings, gunfire, car burnings, dead bodies and bloody injuries. A man is arrested and beaten until he dies. A woman is accused of stealing from her employer. A woman accuses her husband of adultery. He responds by yelling and knocking her to the floor. Police open fire on a crowd of protesters, killing men, women and children. Blacks are forced into segregated neighborhoods. Characters blow up businesses and government buildings. A man is killed in one explosion. They use gasoline to start fires. Prisoners are shoved, yelled at and intimidated. A man makes crude comments about another man’s wife in order to start an argument. A tortured man’s screams can be heard. A woman is dragged from her home at night, beaten, stripped naked and imprisoned for many months. Characters throw rocks at soldiers. A man accused of being a traitor is chased and burned alive by his own people. Soldiers are engulfed in flames. Riots break out in the streets resulting in dead and injured characters.

Sexual Content: Laws forbid interracial relationships. Several brief sexual scenes include passionate kissing and undressing involving married and unmarried couples. A woman comments that a man has “lots of girlfriends.” A married woman is photographed with another man.

Language: The script contains some strong language including racial slurs and vulgar expressions, name-calling, profanities, scatological slang, cursing and a handful of other profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use:Several characters, including Mandela, smoke and drink. A group of drunken prison guards force their prisoners to strip down and stand outside in the rain.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta PG Violence. Mature Themes.
Manitoba 14A Violence, Disturbing Content.
Ontario 14A Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec G Not Recommended For Young Children.
Martimes Not Rated
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News About "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Cast and Crew

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is directed by Justin Chadwick and stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Robert Hobbs, Terry Pheto.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom movie is March 18, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Release Date: 18 March 2014

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet) with the following extras:

- Mandela: The Leader You Know, The Man You Didn’t

- Feature Commentary With Director Justin Chadwick

- Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes

- Tribute Video Gallery

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Nelson Mandel is also depicted in the movie Invictus. He is used as an inspirational figure in Akeelah and the Bee.

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