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A Good Man in Africa (1994)

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Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja, when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with ... See full summary »

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Bruce Beresford

Writers:

William Boyd (novel), William Boyd (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... Morgan Leafy, 1st Secretary of the High Commissioner
Sean Connery ... Dr. Alex Murray
John Lithgow ... Arthur Fanshawe, British High Commissioner
Diana Rigg ... Chloe Fanshawe
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Prof. Sam Adekunle
Joanne Whalley ... Celia Adekunle (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Sarah-Jane Fenton Sarah-Jane Fenton ... Priscilla Fanshawe
Maynard Eziashi ... Friday, Leafy's Houseman
Jeremy Crutchley ... Dickie Dalmire
Jackie Mofokeng Jackie Mofokeng ... Hazel, Leafy's Mistress
Daphne Greenwood Daphne Greenwood ... Duchess
Themba Ndaba Themba Ndaba ... Kojo
David Phetoe David Phetoe ... Isaiah
Dambuza Mdledle Dambuza Mdledle ... Sonny, Hazel's Brother
Lillian Dube Lillian Dube ... Innocence, Maid struck by lightning
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Storyline

Politics are already strained between English imperialists and the West African government of Kinjanja, when womanizing British diplomat Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is caught in bed with Celia (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), wife of corrupt Kinjanjan Presidential candidate Sam Adekunle (Louis Gossett, Jr.). As punishment, Leafy is forced into bribing an official who has voted down a project that stands to make Adekunle very rich. Leafy thinks he's gotten off easy until he learns the lone holdout is none other than Kinjanja's own brick wall of integrity, Dr. Alex Murray (Sir Sean Connery). Meanwhile, Leafy must also contend with his absurdly stuffy boss Fanshawe (John Lithgow), Fanshawe's lusty wife (Dame Diana Rigg), and their luscious, too friendly daughter.

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They call it diplomacy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afrika koktél See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,144,942, 11 September 1994

Gross USA:

$2,308,390

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,308,390
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Friels was cast after Gary Oldman dropped out of the production. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Murray: Show me the man who is completely content, and I'll show you the lobotomy scar.
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Matutu Mirika
Composed by Eric Agyeman
Performed by Eric Agyeman
Courtesy of Ghana Records
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An interesting outlook, but ultimately fails to impress.
25 June 2006 | by shanfloydSee all my reviews

A quite interesting comedy about the British aristocrats in a newly-independent country of Africa. Colin Friels does a very decent job as the Mr. Leafy, the first secretary of British High Comissioner. So does Sean Connery. The screenplay has a very smart satirical flavor in it with fine sense of humor regarding royal formalities, sexual clichés and even venereal diseases.

But the main problem of the movie is perhaps its ending. The ending is quite abrupt and the scene thereafter is surprisingly mundane. In fact, I don't get the idea behind all that stuff. I haven't read the original novel but seems like now I want to check it out.


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