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      The Power of One

      PG-13 1992 1 hr. 51 min. Drama List
      39% 18 Reviews Tomatometer 87% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score It's the 1930s, and as the people he cares for die or leave his village, young South African P.K. bonds with much older Doc (Armin Mueller-Stahl). A foreigner, Doc is detained when World War II starts, but from his prison cell he encourages P.K. to learn boxing. As he travels to different bouts, the adult P.K. (Stephen Dorff) forges relationships that anger the state's apartheid government -- but his reunion with his onetime schoolyard nemesis (Daniel Craig) may offer his biggest challenge yet. Read More Read Less

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      Jean C I don't understand the low score from critics. Sure, it's not as good as the book, but it's a really well told story. Compelling performances and themes that resonate today, even if a little dated. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/13/24 Full Review Phil C Great story based on a great book. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review Leanne H This is one of my favourite movies of all time. Morgan Freeman is brilliant! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/05/23 Full Review Ricky P I thought the movie was as good as it gets. Our 'hero' starts of young and happy in a house with his mother and black servants. Its a happy household. Young PK is brought up learning everyone's equal. His mothers ill health and eventual death sees him put in Africanner school where he's bullied incessantly by the white Africanner boys. He gets a break when his Uncle's friend takes him under his wing and teaches him music and how to understand life. The war puts them in a prison camp where young PK learns boxing under the tutelage of Morgan Freeman's character. Seeing young PK grow into a young man and meeting the bully of his school years is well acted out. The whole movie, scenery, music and acting is superb and the movie should have done better but for some truly awful reviews that make me think they must have watched a different film altogether. I think this movie is well worth 5 stars and to anyone watching it for the first time, your in for a treat. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/19/23 Full Review Chris O Almost a three in one movie. It obviously looks dated in style but is a great example of the late 80s early 90s filmmaking. The soundtrack was the first tape I ever bought as a kid. Cracker of a soundtrack. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/12/23 Full Review Seth P Amazing coming of age movie. shouldn't be rated this low. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/29/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Variety Staff Variety Beautifully produced and gorgeously shot on location in Zimbabwe by lenser Dean Semler, picture has depth, dimension and first-rate casting. May 20, 2008 Full Review Derek Adams Time Out Avildsen draws good performances from the three actors who play PK, as well as from the ever-reliable Freeman and Mller-Stahl, but subtlety is abandoned when he focuses on the ring and teen romance. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Janet Maslin New York Times The film's facile treatment of racial issues may be enough to bring back the practice of throwing tomatoes at the screen. Rated: 1.5/5 Aug 30, 2004 Full Review Michael Szymanski International Press Academy Rated: 4/5 Sep 23, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 30, 2005 Full Review Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette Rated: 3/5 Jul 8, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis It's the 1930s, and as the people he cares for die or leave his village, young South African P.K. bonds with much older Doc (Armin Mueller-Stahl). A foreigner, Doc is detained when World War II starts, but from his prison cell he encourages P.K. to learn boxing. As he travels to different bouts, the adult P.K. (Stephen Dorff) forges relationships that anger the state's apartheid government -- but his reunion with his onetime schoolyard nemesis (Daniel Craig) may offer his biggest challenge yet.
      Director
      John G. Avildsen
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.7M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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