- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 8, 2012
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Surround - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 03/27/1992
"...There is a heedless fascination, a primordial watchability to this film....This is one director who knows exactly what he is after, and just how to get it..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
An orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs, young PK turns to his only friend: a kindly, world-wise prisoner (Morgan Freeman) who teaches him how to box. "Little beat big when little smart," the prisoner tells PK. "First with the head, then with the heart." Living by those words, PK (Stephen Dorff) fights with his fists and leads with his heart as he grows to manhood. He takes on the system and the injustices he sees around him -- and finds that one person really can make a difference.
Based on the novel by Bryce Courtenay and set against the racial strife of 1930s South Africa, THE POWER OF ONE is a spirited tale of a young boy's fight against oppression starring Stephen Dorff as P.K., a lonely English orphan who is forced to endure racial hatred at an exclusive Afrikaaner boarding school. Perpetually the outsider, he is constantly tormented by his British-bashing classmates. With the onset of WWII, P.K. is taken in by Doc (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a liberal German scientist, and becomes his ward while incarcerated in a political prison. In prison, he meets Geel Piet (Morgan Freeman), a strong African boxer who teaches him the power of African myth, dialect, and the fine art of boxing. Armed with motivation and a new way to defend his beliefs, P.K. is able to start over at a more liberal high school, where he grows into a young man tempered by the racism and violence surrounding him. P.K.'s battle for personal and political freedom becomes a quest for racial equality and respect. He goes against convention and, with an African friend, ventures into the segregated townships to teach reading. Ultimately, P.K.'s actions leave his schoolmates irate--forcing him to enter the ring to fight for freedom. Director John G. Avildsen's inspirational and triumphant epic of one boy's battle against hatred and oppression is set to a moving African score composed by Hans Zimmer, featuring the music of the Masibemunye Bulawayo Choir.
Director John G. Avildsen's THE POWER OF ONE is a story of a young boxer's battle for personal and political respect in a society which reviles the English almost as much as it oppresses its black minority.
Coming Of Age |
Personal Triumph |
Race Relations |
- Filmed on location in England and South Africa.
- The screenplay was based on the novel THE POWER OF ONE by Bryce Courtenay.