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A Good Man in Africa

A Good Man in Africa is a 1994 film, based on William Boyd's 1981 novel A Good Man in Africa and directed by Bruce Beresford. The film starred Colin Friels, Sean Connery, John Lithgow, Joanne Whalley, Diana Rigg and Louis Gossett, Jr.[1][2]

A Good Man in Africa
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Directed byBruce Beresford
Produced byJohn Fiedler
Mark Tarlov
Bruce Beresford
Screenplay byWilliam Boyd
Based onA Good Man in Africa
by William Boyd
Music byJohn Du Prez
Edited byJim Clark
Polar Entertainment
Capitol Films
South African Breweries
Southern Sun
Distributed byGramercy Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 9 September 1994 (1994-09-09) (USA)
  • 25 November 1994 (1994-11-25) (UK)
Running time
94 min
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
South Africa
Budget$20 million
Box office$2,308,390

Bruce Beresford did not remember the film fondly:

God, that was horrible. That was the worst film experience I ever had. It was cast wrong, the crew was all strange. We were filming in the wrong place. We filmed in South Africa, it was set in West Africa. Which is like shooting in Alaska when it’s set in New Orleans. And I realized that although the novel that it’s based on is terribly funny, it was very anecdotal. It had no narrative. I think on about the second day I realized it was never going to work, because the scenes don’t link. I thought, “I’m sunk! I’m never gonna get out.”[3]



Morgan Leafy (Colin Friels) is a British diplomat living in Kinjanja, an African nation recently freed from British rule. Arthur Fanshawe (John Lithgow), a new diplomat eager to leave Africa, learns that Kinjanja sits on top of a huge oil reserve. Unfortunately, Morgan is too preoccupied with alcohol and women to know what to do with the oil. To make matters worse, a woman is struck by lightning on the British compound, creating a tense political situation with the local government.



The movie received mixed to poor reviews.[5][6][7]

DVD releaseEdit

Focus Features released an exclusive DVD of the film on January 11, 2010.


  1. ^ Kraft, Scott (1993-05-30). "MOVIES : South Africa, Take 2 : What happens when Bruce Beresford brings 'A Good Man in Africa' to the country as the first post-cultural embargo film". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  2. ^ Clark, John (1994-09-18). "PAGE TO SCREEN : Boyd's Good Man". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  3. ^ "Driving Miss Daisy Director Bruce Beresford on Aussie Cinema, Powerless Characters, and His Worst Film Experience" 23 Sept 2015
  4. ^ Onikoyi, Ayo (2012-01-22). "Nollywood is doing fabulously well, says Nigerian Hollywood star". Vanguard. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  5. ^ "A Good Man in Africa". Chicago Sun Times. 1994-09-09. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  6. ^ "A Good Man in Africa". Washington Post. 1994-09-09. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (1994-09-09). "FILM REVIEW; Of Colonials in Africa And Insults That Insult". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.

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