Lawrence O'Toole
March 11, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bopha!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Danny Glover, Malick Bowens, Maynard Eziashi, Malcolm McDowell, Alfre Woodard
director
Morgan Freeman
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Morgan Freeman’s assured directorial debut — an emotionally direct and intense story of conflicted family life in a South African township following the Soweto riots — got lost in a jungle of theatrical releases but should stand out now that it’s on video. Danny Glover is fine as a police sergeant whose son (Maynard Eziashi) forces him to question his livelihood, and Alfre Woodard is magnificent as the simple but strong housewife who tries to keep everyone together amid an historical process that is tearing them apart. Bopha! is an involving, substantial film. B+

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