A Good Man in Africa

A Good Man in Africa

Colin Friels
Director: Bruce Beresford Cast: Colin Friels
Colin Friels
, Joanne Whalley
Joanne Whalley
, Sean Connery
Sean Connery
Bruce Beresford




Based on a novel by William Boyd (who also wrote the film's screenplay), this darkly witty drama explores the political, social, and sexual gamesmanship of a group of British and African politicians. Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is a British diplomat who, for the past three years, has been assigned to the British High Commission of Ninjana, an African nation slowly divesting itself of colonial rule. Leafy is an arrogant and frequently confused alcoholic romantically involved with an African woman named Hazel (Jackie Mofokeng). Arthur Fanshawe (John Lithgow), a new High Commission appointee who wants nothing more than to be promoted and moved out of Africa, brings some interesting news to Leafy: massive reserves of oil have been discovered in Ninjana, and if the British want to reap the full profits of this windfall, they will want to stay on the good side of Sam Adekunle (Louis Gossett Jr.), who in all likelihood will be the next president of Ninjana. However, something of a diplomatic crisis has come up; a native woman was struck by lightning in the courtyard of the High Commission's compound, and the locals insist that she cannot be moved until certain time-honored rituals have been performed. At a loss for advice, Leafy turns to Dr. Alex Murray (Sean Connery), a Scottish doctor who has been in Africa for 23 years and is one of the few people equally at ease with both the British colonials and the natives. However, Leafy doesn't seem so eager to seek out assistance in his romantic problems; while he's involved with Hazel, Leafy also finds himself dallying with Adekunle's wife Celia (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer) and Fanshawe's wife Chloe (Diana Rigg). By the way, don't bother looking for Ninjana on a map -- it doesn't really exist.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2014
UPC: 0025192052415
Original Release: 1994
Source: Universal
Time: 1:35:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Friels Morgan Leafy
Joanne Whalley Celia Adekunle
Sean Connery Dr. Alex Murray
Louis Gossett Prof. Sam Adekunle
John Lithgow Arthur Fanshawe
Sarah-Jane Fenton Priscilla Fanshawe
Diana Rigg Chloe Fanshawe
Maynard Eziashi Friday
Jackie Mofokeng Hazel
Themba Ndaba Kojo
Susie Figgis Actor
David Phetoe Isaiah
Patrick Mynhardt Muller
George Lee Highlife Singer
Thapelo Mofokeng Officer
Sophie Mgcina Hospital Sister

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Jane Barclay Executive Producer
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Vic Botha Set Decoration/Design
William Boyd Screenwriter
Rosemary Burrows Costumes/Costume Designer
Jami Burrows Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Jim Clark Editor
Rick Cresswell Special Effects
Tracy Crystal Makeup
John Du Prez Score Composer
Mark Egerton Art Director
John Fiedler Producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Hank Garfield Musical Direction/Supervision
Sharon Harel Executive Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Graeme Orwin Art Director
Herbert Pinter Production Designer
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Mark Tarlov Producer
John Tarlov Producer

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