MANDELA AND DE KLERK painstakingly chronicles the arduous process of ending apartheid in South Africa. Despite a lavish production (for a made-for-cable feature) and a sprinkling of fine acting, what should have been a moving film is merely a dry history lesson.
The racist government of South Africa errs in thinking it can erode its opposition by imprisoning Nelson Mandela (Sidney Poitier) and other members of the African National Congress. By undervaluing the symbolic appeal of Mandela, Prime Minister Botha (Gerry Maritz) miscalculates his waiting game.
Buoyed by visits from his wife, Winnie (Tina Lifford), Mandela survives 27 years in jail, while around the wo...