The Power of One

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"An exhilarating epic of a triumph of the heart."
  • PG-13
  • 1992
  • 2 hr 7 min
  • 7.1  (10,666)
  • 40

The Power of One is a 1992 drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and based on the novel of the same name by Bryce Courtenay. The movie stars Stephen Dorff, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Morgan Freeman, and Fay Masterson. Set in South Africa during the 1930s and 1940s, the film follows the story of a young boy named Peekay (played by Stephen Dorff), who is sent to boarding school after his mother falls ill. At the school, he faces discrimination and abuse from both his fellow students and the teachers, as he is the only English-speaking white boy in an Afrikaans-speaking school.

Despite the difficulties he faces, Peekay finds solace in two important people: Doc (played by Armin Mueller-Stahl), an eccentric German musician who teaches him to love music and literature, and Geel Piet (played by Morgan Freeman), a black prisoner who helps him develop his boxing skills.

The movie portrays Peekay's journey as he navigates through the complexities of racial and cultural tension in 1930s South Africa. He witnesses firsthand the effects of apartheid, the system of racial segregation and discrimination that was in place at the time, and becomes increasingly aware of the injustice and inequality in society.

Peekay's experiences lead him to become an anti-apartheid activist and advocate for equality, despite facing significant obstacles and danger from those in power. He learns that individuals can make a difference, and that one person can have the power to effect change.

The Power of One is a moving and thought-provoking film that explores themes of race, identity, and the importance of standing up for what is right. The performances by Dorff, Mueller-Stahl, Freeman, and Masterson are all excellent, and the film's soundtrack, which features music by Hans Zimmer and Johnny Clegg, adds to the emotional impact of the story.

Overall, The Power of One is a powerful and inspiring film that encourages viewers to not only be aware of the injustices in society but also to take action to address them. It is a reminder that one person, no matter their age or background, can make a difference and have a positive impact on the world.

The Power of One is a 1992 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 7 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 40.

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    7.1  (10,666)
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