Video Review

Bopha! (1994)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama; With: Danny Glover

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+

Originally posted Mar 11, 1994 Published in issue #213 Mar 11, 1994 Order article reprints