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Glossary: C
Released Year: 2006
Runtime: 101 minutes
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Directors: Phillip Noyce
Casts: Tim Robbins, Susan Danford, Bonnie Henna, Derek Luke, Tumisho Masha, Terry Pheto, Mncedisi Shabangu, Sithembiso Khumalo, Michele Burgers, Mpho Lovinga, Jessica Anstey, Charlotte Savage, Nomhlé Nkyonyeni
IMDB: Catch a Fire (2006)

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IMDB Rating: 6.7


Christian Science Monitor - Peter Rainer
Philip Noyce's anti-apartheid drama is tense and thoughtful, if somewhat marred by Hollywood-style thrills.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
With the same affinity for stories of culture clash he showed in "The Quiet American" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence," director Phillip Noyce embraces the tale with gusto.
The Hollywood Reporter - Unnamed
Comparisons to "Hotel Rwanda" make sense up to a point - both feature heroes who have the scales removed from their eyes - but "Fire" is no tearjerker, and here the story of Chamusso's conversion serves mainly as prologue to the main plot, a history-tinted cat-and-mouse policier in which he will attempt to finish the job he was wrongly accused of starting.
Austin Chronicle - Marc Savlov
It's always odd to see Robbins, a political activist in his own right, playing at villainy, but here he descends into the role so thoroughly that the lopsided smile becomes less a notation of cockeyed boyishness than a treacherous Cheshire smirk.
Variety - Todd McCarthy
Stories of resistance to oppression will never become obsolete, but this feels like a picture that should have been made a long time ago.

Catch a Fire (2006)

The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an attempt to bomb the plant, with the injustice transforming the apolitical worker into a radicalised insurgent, who then carries out his own successful sabotage mission.