The Power of One

The Power of One

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Stephen Dorff (Blade) plays a boxing talent who becomes a symbol of hope during World War II in this 1992 sports drama co-starring Morgan Freeman. More

PK (Dorff), an English orphan terrorised for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. As he grows to manhood, PK uses these words to take on the system and the injustices he sees around him - and finds that one person really can make a difference.

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1992Rating: PG127 minsAustralia, France, South Africa, USA, ZimbabweAlcor Films, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Village Roadshow Pictures
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The Power of One | Reviews

39%18 reviews

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

The Power of One spends so much screen time... depicting South Africa's blacks as an anonymous horde of victims that the film, in effect, becomes their victimiser.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The Power of One begins with a canvas that involves all of the modern South African dilemma, and ends as a boxing movie. Somewhere in between, it loses its way.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The height of this absurd, white-liberal fantasy is when 12-year-old P. K. leads the prison tribes in an ambitious cross-tribal choral presentation before a group of visiting white dignitaries. That's when you realize "Power" isn't a gripping political drama at all. It's a South African version of "The Sound of Music."

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

A violent cartoon that trivialises apartheid.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film's facile treatment of racial issues may be enough to bring back the practice of throwing tomatoes at the screen.

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Variety

Variety

Avildsen draws good performances from the three actors who play PK, as well as from the ever-reliable Freeman and Mller-Stahl, but subtlety is abandoned when he focuses on the ring and teen romance.

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Variety

Variety

Beautifully produced and gorgeously shot...

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The Power of One | Release Details

The Power of One is available to stream in Australia now on Apple TV and Prime Video Store.