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Shepherds and Butchers (2016)




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Steve Coogan stars in this courtroom thriller as a British barrister taking on a seemingly unwinnable case defending a traumatized prison guard accused of multiple murders.

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Andrea Riseborough
as Kathleen Marais
Steve Coogan
as Johan Webber
Deon Lotz
as Warrant Officer Rautenbach
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Pierre De Villiers
Garion Dowds
as Leon Labuschagne
Lauren Steyn
as Liesl Weber
Sarah Potter
as Antoinette Labuschagne
Nicola Hanekom
as le docteur Schlebusch
Carel Nel
as Karel Niemand
Inge Beckmann
as Johans Schwester
Matthew Dylan Roberts
as Investigation Officer
Eduan van Jaarsveldt
as Pedrie Wierda
Michael Richard
as Doubles Partner
Mbulelo Grootboom
as Condemned Man
Patrick Lavisa
as Condemned Man
Khomotso Manyaka
as Court Protester
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Critic Reviews for Shepherds and Butchers

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

The performances are solid, including Coogan and especially Garion Dowds as the laconic and mournful defendant. Director Oliver Schmitz gives the film a measured pace, stoking tension as the courtroom drama unfolds.

February 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film mostly preaches to the converted, even if it reveals with historical gravity how capital punishment was another way that apartheid severely discriminated against South Africa's black population.

February 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Shepherds and Butchers doesn't know which it is: the twisty legal drama that's going to herd us through the issue or the ferocious expose, laying out the quotidian grimness of systemic death.

February 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Oliver Schmitz, one of South Africa's essential directors, delivers a mix of emotional acuity and overkill with this death penalty drama.

February 14, 2016 | Full Review…
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I found the picture moving in spite of its seeming unwillingness to wholly grapple with race and Coogan's unwillingness to master the Afrikaner accent.

February 22, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Coogan, known as a comic actor, does solid dramatic work and Garion Dowds' accused is living in a palpable living hell. He knows no one can be a shepherd and a butcher and stay sane.

August 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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