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MALCOLM X Cameo, Sidney Poitier: Nelson Mandela

Sidney Poitier Nelson Mandela and de KlerkNelson Mandela on film and TV: From Sidney Poitier to Terrence Howard (photo: Sidney Poitier as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela and de Klerk’)

(See previous post: "Nelson Mandela Movies: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ ‘Invictus.’") As found on the IMDb, here are a handful of other narrative big-screen films featuring Nelson Mandela:

  • Darrell Roodt’s Winnie Mandela (2011), with Jennifer Hudson in the title role and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela.
  • Pete Travis’ Endgame (2009), with Clarke Peters’ Mandela as less a martyred saint than a skillful realpolitik negotiator. This political drama also features Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Hurt, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, and Derek Jacobi.
  • Zola Maseko’s 1950s-set Drum (2004), in which Mandela is played — for a change — by a South African actor, Lindani Nkosi.

As reported by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian, British filmmaker Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander, Wuthering Heights) "got into hot water a couple of years ago by proposing a film called Young Mandela, when Mandela was a fiery ANC soldier who very much did not believe in non-violence. The film has not yet been made."

Note: The Nelson Mandela played by Sunny Wayne in Srinath Rajendran’s Second Show (2012), is not the South African leader.

Nelson Mandela on television

The most notable television portrayal of Nelson Mandela was created by Best Actor Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field) in Joseph Sargent’s 1997 TV movie Mandela and de Klerk, co-starring Michael Caine as F.W. de Klerk, the South African president who freed Mandela. Richard Wesley wrote the teleplay, while Tina Lifford played Winnie Mandela. Note: Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine had previously co-starred in another South African-set drama, the Ralph Nelson-directed 1975 thriller The Wilby Conspiracy.

Ten years earlier, Danny Glover played Mandela in another TV movie, concisely titled Mandela, directed by Philip Saville and written by Ronald Harwood (The Dresser, The Pianist).

And finally, as an actor, Nelson Mandela was featured in a small role as a Soweto teacher — who sounds very much like a well-rehearsed politician — providing a final lecture on human rights in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992), starring Denzel Washington in the title role. Check it out below:

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Image of Sidney Poitier as Nelson Mandela in the TV movie Mandela and de Klerk: Sullivan Entertainment.

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