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  • Hansie: A True Story (2008)
  • 123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Hansie: A True Story (2008)
123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

"How do you start over once you have betrayed a nation's trust?" The news of Hansie Cronjé's involvement with Indian bookmakers and his resulting public confession rocked the international sporting community. An unprecedented rise to glory...See more"How do you start over once you have betrayed a nation's trust?" The news of Hansie Cronjé's involvement with Indian bookmakers and his resulting public confession rocked the international sporting community. An unprecedented rise to glory was followed by the most horrific fall. A tarnished hero fueled the nation's fury. Hansie, once South African cricket's golden boy, had been stripped of everything he had held dear: a glorious captaincy, the support of his former team mates and the respect of a nation. In its place the stinging rejection of cricket administrators and the humiliating dissection of his life on international television, made his retreat into depression inevitable. Hansie's bravest moment in finally confessing his involvement with bookies had suddenly become a tightening noose around his neck. Hansie explores the very human drama of a man who, after losing everything he has worked for, begins the painstaking journey back to choosing "life". The journey is cathartic. We celebrate with him in his glorious victories on the cricket field but by the same token, we feel the agony of his dishonor and the relief when he finally forgives himself, weeping in the arms of his friend and mentor, Peter Pollock. Amidst the darkness of his downfall, we are inspired by the power his wife's unswerving love, which shines like a beacon of hope. Hansie's journey takes us to South Africa, India and England and his team's fiercest battles are against the mighty Australians. The movie is enlivened through the cultural diversity of its backdrop, with the colors of India, its rambling buildings and beautiful sunsets, adding a notable poignancy to the drama. Like us, Hansie is both glorious and flawed and like him we recognize our need for acceptance and love. Hansie is a movie that will captivate with its human drama, its action-packed sequences and its riveting match-fixing intrigue. But above all the movie will reassure you of the ability of us all to overcome life's difficulties with grace and dignity. Written by Angela Swinney See less
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Sep 26, 2008 (South Africa)

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34 cast members
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Frank Rautenbach
Hansie Cronjé Hansie Cronjé   See fewer
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Sarah Thompson
Bertha Cronjé Bertha Cronjé   See fewer
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Matthew Dylan Roberts
Joe Dawson Joe Dawson   See fewer
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Leslie Mongezi
Kopano's father Kopano's father   See fewer
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Eric Nobbs
Ewie Cronjé Ewie Cronjé   See fewer
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Sybel Coetzee
San-Marie Cronjé San-Marie Cronjé   See fewer
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Brandon Auret
Frans Cronjé Frans Cronjé   See fewer
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Tinarie van Wyk Loots
Hester (Cronjé) Parsons Hester (Cronjé) Parsons   See fewer
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Candice D'Arcy
René Cronjé René Cronjé   See fewer
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Rajit Kapoor
Prakash Prakash   See fewer
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Rajesh Gopie
Rakesh Rakesh   See fewer
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Dane Vilas
Allan Donald Allan Donald   See fewer
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Ray McCauley
Self (as Pastor Ray McCauley) Self (as Pastor Ray McCauley)   See fewer
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Dawid Minnaar
Johan Volsteedt Johan Volsteedt   See fewer
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Andre Jacobs
Dr. Ali Bacher Dr. Ali Bacher   See fewer
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David Sherwood
Peter Pollock Peter Pollock   See fewer
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Nick Lorentz
Bob Woolmer Bob Woolmer   See fewer
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Regardt van den Bergh
Uncle Wiester Uncle Wiester   See fewer
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Deon Lotz
Rory Steyn Rory Steyn   See fewer
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Anton Dekker
Raymond van Staden Raymond van Staden   See fewer
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Linda Mpondo
Ngconde Balfour, Minister of Sport Ngconde Balfour, Minister of Sport   See fewer
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Douglas Bristow
Judge King Judge King   See fewer
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Astrid Braaf
Advocate at King Commission Advocate at King Commission   See fewer
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James Borthwick
Commentator Jack Commentator Jack   See fewer
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Stephen Hughes
Gordon Parsons Gordon Parsons   See fewer
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Nelson Mandela
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Tshepo Mokoena
Teenage Kopano Teenage Kopano   See fewer
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Alistair Moulton Black
Jonty Rhodes Jonty Rhodes   See fewer
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Kopano Thekiso
Young Kopano Young Kopano   See fewer
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Chris van Rensburg
Nasser Hussein Nasser Hussein   See fewer
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Patrick John Walton
SA Player (as Patrick Walton Jr.) SA Player (as Patrick Walton Jr.)   See fewer
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Jonathan Hearns
Steve Waugh (uncredited) Steve Waugh (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.4 / 10 | 203 votes