A Dry White Season
A Dry White Season (1989)

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.

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 15, 1989
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Searing, powerful and eye-opening.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The tough-minded A Dry White Season is the best film yet about the struggle for justice in South Africa.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

A Dry White Season tries very hard to attack apartheid in an intelligent, hard-hitting way, but it too fails to reach the level of audience involvement it seeks.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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

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Variety Staff

A wrenching picture about South Africa that makes no expedient compromises with feel-good entertainment values, A Dry White Season displays riveting performances and visceral style.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

This movie, directed by a black Martiniquan, Euzhan Palcy, is far more effective [than Cry Freedom] at keeping black actors -- and the essential problem of South Africa -- onscreen.

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Mike T.
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… More