Drama Movies:

The Power of One

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NOTE: Contains Violence

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"Mixed feelings!"
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

If you have read and loved the book, as I did then DON'T watch this ‘loose adaption’ of the story. The movie is good in itself, if not a bit stilted and stiff, but it bears little to no resemblance to the book. Many of the main characters are missing or given different stories, and the ending is totally different. I'm sorry I watched it and will re-read the book to take the ‘taste’ of the movie away.

"pure awesomeness"
5 stars"
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this movie is quite powerful thanks to a great performance by Morgan Freeman

the story does not revolve around him thought but Morgan triggers a major part of the movie which triggers a whole lot of events

the saddest thign is all of the thigns in the movie are based on fact, and that all of this used ot happe nand still does in some places

great acting, great price (i mean $10 is jsut rididculous)

and overall an excellent movie


From the Academy Award-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid comes a story as explosive as today’s headlines. Morgan Freeman (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), John Gielgud (Arthur) and Stephen Dorff (TV’s Roseanne) star in The Power of One, a compelling, hard hitting movie from the hitmaker John G. Avildsen.

The Power of One is an intriguing story of a young English boy named P.K. and his passion for changing the world. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. Soon orphaned, he was placed in the care of a German national named Professor von Vollensteen (a.k.a. "Doc"), a friend of his grandfather. Doc develops P.K.'s piano talent and P.K. becomes "assistant gardener" in Doc's cactus garden. It is not long after WWII begins that Doc is placed in prison for failure to register with the English government as a foreigner. P.K. makes frequent visits and meets Geel Piet, an inmate, who teaches him to box. Geel Piet spreads the myth of the Rainmaker, the one who brings peace to all of the tribes. P.K. is cast in the light of this myth. After the war P.K. attends an English private school where he continues to box. He meets a young girl, Maria, with whom he falls in love. Her father, Professor Daniel Marais, is a leader of the Nationalist Party of South Africa. The two fight to teach the natives English as P.K.'s popularity grows via the myth. Maria is killed. P.K. looses focus until he sees the success of his language school among the tribes. He and Guideon Duma continue the work in hopes of building a better future for Africa.
Re-released on
August 1st, 2002
Movie Format
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.85 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Drama
Original Release Year
Box Dimensions (mm)
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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