The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.


  • The word “invictus” is Latin for “invincible.”
  • Nelson Mandela himself has said that only Morgan Freeman could portray him. And so Freeman was the first actor cast.
  • During the making of this film, Clint Eastwood became a fan of rugby. While in South Africa, he would watch hours of rugby every night. Eventually, he began to enjoy the games.
  • According to movie critic Roger Ebert, the prison cell for Nelson Mandela that the South African rugby team visited was the actual prison cell where Mandela stayed for 24 years.
Mandella was trying to pull a coin from Pienar's ear!

Mandella thought he was a magician, and tried to pull a coin from behind Pienar's ear!


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