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Invictus is a biographical sports drama about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the dismantling of aparheid. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. This film was nominated for two Oscar awards, including Best Actor. Based on the book "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation".

Invictus is an incredible film, and don't let the sports drama genre fool you, it's more than just about sports. The word "invictus" means "undefeated" and is the title of a poem by William Ernest Henley.


Brenda Mazibuko: You're risking your political capital, you're risking your future as our leader.
Nelson Mandela: The day I am afraid to do that is the day I am no longer fit to lead.
Nelson Mandela: Brothers and sisters, this is the time to build our nation!
Francois Pienaar: I was thinking how a man could spend thirty years in prison, and come out and forgive the men who did it to him...
Jason Tshabalala: According to the experts, we'll reach the quarter-finals, and no further.
Nelson Mandela: According to the experts, you and I should still be in jail.
Brenda Mazibuko: This rugby, as a political calculation...
Nelson Mandela: It is a HUMAN calculation!
Mrs. Pinnear: What does he want?
Francois Pienaar: I think he wants us to win the World Cup...
Francois Pienaar: He invited me to tea.
Mrs. Pinnear: Who?
Francois Pienaar: The President.
Francois Pienaar: [to his team] This country's changed. We need to change as well.
Nelson Mandela: How long before the World Cup?
Jim Fleming: Don't get your hopes up. We're a damn disgrace!
Nelson Mandela: [watching a rugby match] All the whites cheer for South Africa. All the blacks cheer for England.
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