A Dry White Season (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Dry White Season1989

A Dry White Season (1989)



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Set in South Africa during the mid '70s when apartheid was still the norm, this provocative drama centers on a white schoolmaster's gradual awakening to the horrors of government-sanctioned racism.


Donald Sutherland
as Ben du Toit
Marlon Brando
as Ian McKenzie
Winston Ntshona
as Gordon Ngubene
Zakes Mokae
as Stanley Makhaya
Susan Sarandon
as Melanie Bruwer
Janet Suzman
as Susan du Toit
Jürgen Prochnow
as Capt. Stolz
Thoko Ntshinga
as Emily Ngubene
Susannah Harker
as Suzette du Toit
Leonard Maguire
as Mr. Bruwer
Rowen Elmes
as Johan du Toit
Gerard Thoolen
as Col. Viljoen
Stella Dickin
as Susan's Mother
David de Keyser
as Susan's Father
John Kani
as Julius
Sophie Mgcina
as Margaret
Precious Thiri
as Wellington
Michael Gambon
as Magistrate
Paul Brooke
as Dr. Herzog
Ernest Ndlovu
as Archibald Mabaso
Stephen Hanly
as Sgt. Van Zyl
Grant Davidson
as Lt. Venter
Sello Maake
as Johnson Seroke
Charles Pillai
as Dr. Hassiem
Rosemary Martin
as Mrs. Beachley
Willie Zweni
as Aubrey Kunene
Mannie de Villiers
as Police Commandant
Anna Manimanzi
as Soweto Girl
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Critic Reviews for A Dry White Season

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

Searing, powerful and eye-opening.

September 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This film is unblinking in its depiction of the most violent side of apartheid.

September 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is filmmaking meant to engage the heart -- and other visceral organs -- more than the mind; its effects are simple, broad and directly put.

September 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

The relentless plot is effectively set up and expertly pursued, and Hugh Masekela makes some striking contributions to Dave Grusin's musical score.

October 7, 2012 | Full Review…

It's filled with obvious, earnest performances--Marlon Brando's ironic and subtle one is the only exception--and unresonant writing.

October 7, 2012 | Full Review…

A thumpingly didactic script, but Palcy has crafted a watchable - if not particularly important, given its competition - one.

October 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Dry White Season


It's too bad that such a well-intentioned movie is so mediocre. Cliche-riddled, convoluted writing and often haphazard choices made by director Euzhan Palcy are too blatant too be ignored. Donald Sutherland is a convincing but uncompelling lead, and Susan Sarandon's vocal work is laughable. In a shamefully small amount of screen time, Marlon Brando leaves a stronger impression than anyone else in the movie.

Mike T.
Mike T.

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