Master Harold...and the Boys

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  • 1985
  • 7.5  (307)

Set in a small South African town in 1950, "Master Harold...and the Boys" is a powerful coming-of-age drama that explores racism, friendship, and betrayal. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and based on Athol Fugard's play of the same name, the movie stars Matthew Broderick as Hally, a teenage boy who has grown up with two black servants, Sam (John Kani) and Willie (Zakes Mokae), who have become his surrogate fathers.

The film is set in a single day, and most of it takes place in a tea shop owned by Hally's mother. As Hally waits for his alcoholic father to pick him up from school, he engages in a deep conversation with Sam and Willie about their experiences with racism and oppression. The dialogue is rich, thoughtful, and moving, with both Hally and Sam offering different perspectives on what it means to be a man and a human being.

As the conversation continues, tensions arise between the three characters, as Hally becomes more and more frustrated with his own helplessness and powerless to change the world around him. At the same time, Sam reveals a shocking secret about his own past that further complicates the relationship of the three characters.

Overall, "Master Harold...and the Boys" is a beautiful, emotionally complex movie that deals with the harsh realities of racism, colonialism, and the human experience. Broderick delivers a standout performance as Hally, a character who is flawed, conflicted, and deeply sympathetic. Meanwhile, Kani and Mokae bring authenticity and depth to their roles as Sam and Willie, respectively, creating a powerful dynamic that underscores the tragedy of apartheid-era South Africa.

What really makes the movie stand out, however, is its ability to capture the essence of Fugard's play, which is about the intersection of race, class, and identity in a country that is deeply divided. The themes explored in the movie are just as relevant today as they were in 1985, and the film is a testament to the power of art to change hearts and minds.

If you're looking for a moving human drama that explores important themes and features strong acting, "Master Harold...and the Boys" is a must-see. The movie will take you on an emotional journey that will leave you thinking long after the credits roll.

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    7.5  (307)