A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writer:

Shawn Slovo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Col. Nic Vos
Derek Luke ... Patrick Chamusso
Bonnie Mbuli ... Precious Chamusso (as Bonnie Henna)
Mncedisi Shabangu Mncedisi Shabangu ... Zuko September
Tumisho Masha ... Obadi (as Tumisho K. Masha)
Sithembiso Khumalo Sithembiso Khumalo ... Sixpence
Terry Pheto ... Miriam
Michele Burgers Michele Burgers ... Anna Vos
Mpho Lovinga Mpho Lovinga ... Johnny Piliso
Mxo Mxo ... Pete My Baby
Jay Anstey ... Katie Vos (as Jessica Anstey)
Charlotte Savage Charlotte Savage ... Marie Vos
Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Mama Dorothy
Michael Mabizela Michael Mabizela ... Shaven Head Bomber
Eduan van Jaarsveldt Eduan van Jaarsveldt ... Special Branch Sergeant (as Eduan van Jaarsveld)
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Storyline

A political thriller: the real-life story of a South African hero's journey to freedom. In the country's turbulent and divided times in the 1980s, Patrick Chamusso is an oil refinery foreman and soccer coach who is apolitical - until he and his wife Precious are jailed. Patrick is stunned into action against the country's oppressive reigning system, even as police Colonel Nic Vos further insinuates himself into the Chamussos' lives. Written by Focus Features

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving torture and abuse, violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tim Robbins' character Nick Vos is not based on one specific person. His character was a composite of several people involved in the events depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Chamusso: My children, when they speak if their father, they will say he was a man who stood up for what was right, a man who said he must do something now. What will your children say about you?
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Connections

Referenced in Sweating It Out: The Making of Heatwave (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Tsakane
Written by Peter Moticoe, Paul Ndlovu
Performed by Paul Ndlovu
Courtesy of Gallo Music Group
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Catch a Fire is powerful and emotional
27 October 2006 | by mikestarwarsSee all my reviews

Catch a Fire is surprisingly powerful and emotional. This emotion is assisted by a very moving soundtrack of South African music. The emotion is also feed by a brutal force of "anti-terrorists", with some of their interrogation techniques being very hard to watch for a PG-13 rated film. Though most violence is implied the film still does a very good job of portraying the brutality of the treatment that suspected terrorists in South Africa received. This film also does a great job of showing the terrorists side of the fight and offers insight into their motivation. The film focuses on people and their motivations and anyone can identify with almost every character. Despite being based on a true story and being a fairly realistic portrayal of the actual events, this film somehow manages to have enough action and suspense to have a fairly high entertainment value. A must see for anyone who enjoys historical films or drama/thrillers. 9/10


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Country:

France | UK | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Zulu | Portuguese

Release Date:

27 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,012,000, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:

$4,299,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,710,236
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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