The resistance movement became increasingly militant and militarized as a result of the government's refusal to release Nelson Mandela, the ambassador of peaceful opposition.
It had become obvious to one and all that Apartheid had reached the end of the line. All that was left to discuss were the conditions under which Apartheid would be buried, once and for all. The head of the South African Secret Service, Dr. Neil Barnard, held talks with Nelson Mandela. It was well known that every word of their talks was documented. But almost nothing had leaked to the public about a secret meeting that took place with a British manager for the Consolidated Goldfield mining company. Dr. Barnard knew about these highly explosive talks, and he used his considerable clout to exert his influence from afar. He tried to play the various factions in the ANC against each other. His main concern was to maintain state control in the face of political upheaval. Luckily, his efforts failed. History books tell us how this story ends, but that doesn't affect our interest in the film. The crowning achievement of ENDGAME is that viewers get a keen sense of the dangers faced by those who participated in Apartheid's closing chapter.
Original Title: Endgame
Language versions: English original version, German version
Country: Great Britain
Length: 109 min
Director: Pete Travis
Screenplay: Paula Milne
Cinematography: David Odd
Editing: Clive Barrett, Dominic Strevens
Sound Mix: Chris Ashworth
Music: Martin Phipps, Ruth Barrett
Featuring: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, Clarke Peters, John Kani, Derek Jacobi
Production: Film Africa Worldwide, Daybreak Pictures, Channel 4, Target Entertainment Group, Masterpiece, David Aukin, Hal Vogel, Liza Marshall, David Wicht
Festivals: 2009: One World Berlin Filmfestival für Menschenrechte und Medien (D); Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles (USA)
Age Recommendation: 16