The Power of One

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A glossy adaptation of Bryce Courtenay's novel, set in '30s South Africa, where orphaned PK (latterly played by Dorff) experiences both the privileges and privations of his strife-ridden society. Set upon in boarding-school because he is the only English boy among Afrikaners, he falls back on the friendship of kindly German composer/botanist Doc (Müller-Stahl). But the outbreak of war brings further conflict: the British imprison Doc, and PK's visits introduce him to the brutality inflicted on black prisoners. It's there that proud, resourceful Geel Piet (Freeman) takes the boy in hand, teaching him to box and transforming him into a champion. Avildsen draws good performances from the three actors who play PK, as well as from the ever-reliable Freeman and Müller-Stahl, but subtlety is abandoned when he focuses on the ring and teen romance. The climax is a slugging match between PK and a former school bully which would make Rocky proud.
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1991

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127 mins

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Liam

as a movie it was alright. but as an adaption to the book it was crap. the relationship between p.k. and doc in the book and the effect it had on p.k. was not shown. the character marie was added for no reason. Hoppie Groenewald (the coach at the end) was acctually the reason p.k. got into boxing. read the book much better

Liam

as a movie it was alright. but as an adaption to the book it was crap. the relationship between p.k. and doc in the book and the effect it had on p.k. was not shown. the character marie was added for no reason. Hoppie Groenewald (the coach at the end) was acctually the reason p.k. got into boxing. read the book much better

Reb Stone

One of the first emotionally tense and moving films I saw. A great cast and and script and an eye opening story, not to mention the Hot factor (stephen Dorff) also my first crush!

Reb Stone

One of the first emotionally tense and moving films I saw. A great cast and and script and an eye opening story, not to mention the Hot factor (stephen Dorff) also my first crush!

Daniel Hines

what a movie. All i can say is that i watched this in school and not only was i changed, i was given a different perspective on these people and what they went through. Well done to the cast and director on a wonderful display of courage and prejudice.

Daniel Hines

what a movie. All i can say is that i watched this in school and not only was i changed, i was given a different perspective on these people and what they went through. Well done to the cast and director on a wonderful display of courage and prejudice.