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Watch Invictus Movie Online for Free: Invictus is a 2009 film based on the biographical drama about the life of Nelson Mandela in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film stars Morgan Freeman as South African president Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, captain of the South African team. “Watch Invictus Movie Online for Free” The story is based on John Carlin’s book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that changed a nation. Invictus has been published in the United States, December 11, 2009.
After decades in a Robben Island prison, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) is released in 1990 and works immediately to bring about the end of apartheid and the initiation of full democratic elections where the black majority population can vote. Mandela wins the race for President of South Africa and takes office in 1994. His immediate challenge is “balancing black aspirations with white fears.” The country’s still-present racial tensions are shown, in part, through Mandela’s security team, which comprises both new black and old white officials, with the groups immediately hostile to one another despite sharing the same job and goal.
While Mandela attempts to tackle the country’s largest problems—including crime and unemployment—he attends a game of the Springboks, the country’s rugby union team. Blacks in the stadium cheer against their home squad, as the Springboks (their history, players and even their colors) represent prejudice and apartheid in their mind. Knowing that South Africa is set to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup in one year’s time, Mandela convinces the South African rugby board to keep the Springbok team, name and colors the same. He then meets with Springboks captain François Pienaar (Matt Damon). Though Mandela never verbalizes his true meaning during their meeting, Pienaar understands the message below the surface: if the Springboks can gain the support of black South Africans and succeed in the upcoming World Cup, the country will be unified and inspired. Mandela also shares with Pienaar that a poem, Invictus, had been inspiring to him during his time in prison, helping him to “stand when all he wanted to do was lie down”.
Pienaar and his teammates train, but the players (all but one are white) voice disapproval that they are to be envoys to the poor and public—fearing exhaustion from overwork. Mandela, too, hears disapproval from friends and family. Many more, both white and black citizens and politicians, began to express doubts on using sport to unite a nation torn apart by some 50 years of racial tensions. For many blacks, especially the radicals, the Springboks symbolised white supremacy and did not want to support their national team. As the tournament approaches, Mandela collapses from exhaustion and the Springboks’ only black player, Chester Williams, is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Things begin to change, however, as the players went around interacting with the locals. During their last few pre-tournament friendlies, support for the Springoks begins to grow amongst the blacks. The World Cup begins, and Williams is healthy once again. Citizens of all races turn out in numbers to show their unanimous support for the Springboks. At the suggestion of several security guards, Mandela decides to sport a Springbok jersey with Pienaar’s number 6 on it to show his support and his name is chanted repeatedly by the home crowd during his entrance. As momentum builds, even the security team members become at ease with each other and the black members who disliked rugby eventually began to enthusiastically support their national team alongside their white colleagues.
The Springboks, possessing a sub-par record, were not expected to go very far and are expected to lose in the quarterfinals. They surpass all expectations and make the final, only to face New Zealand, one of the best teams in the rugby world. Roared on by a large home crowd of both whites and blacks, Pienaar motivates his team to overcome their doubts and push their bodies to the limits. After ending in a tie, the game is forced into extra time, where the Springboks win on a long drop kick from fly-half Joel Stransky (Scott Eastwood) and a score of 15-12. Mandela and Pienaar meet on the field together to celebrate the improbable victory amidst a crowd of some 62,000 fans—both black and white. In one particular scene, some white police officers celebrate by hoisting a young black boy, who had been lingering near their vehicle, onto their shoulders.
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