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Sarafina!

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Sarafina!

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba
genre:
Drama, musical

We gave it an F

Do we really need longer versions of these mediocre movies? The two titles call for two answers: (1) The 15 minutes added to Sarafina!, Darrell James Roodt’s adaptation of the antiapartheid stage musical, includes ”The Killing Song,” a dirge about police informants that asserts it’s all right to murder them. It was cut for the movie’s U.S. release, but without its gravity, Goldberg’s star turn as a rebel Soweto schoolteacher trivializes the subject. (2) This disc-only expansion of Peter Bogdanovich’s already flabby, two-hour Last Picture Show sequel, Texasville, has 24 more meandering minutes of fine actors wasted on soap-opera material about the state’s failing oil fortunes, none of which helps deepen the well one bit. B-

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