The Power of One (1992) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.8/ 10 (5529 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for some areas of strong violence

Production Company
Alcor Films [us]
Canal+ [fr]
Regency Enterprises [us]
Village Roadshow Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 27 March 1992
(UK) - 4 September 1992
(Australia) - 17 September 1992
(Germany) - 5 November 1992
(France) - 18 November 1992

Running Time

An exhilarating epic of a triumph of the heart. He's had to fight all his life. Now he's fighting for theirs.

apartheid, based-on-novel, boxing, bullying, chicken, concentration-camp, concert, dead-chicken, defecation, discrimination, independent-film, medicine-man, number-in-title, racial, shower, swastika, tobacco, urination, world-war-two,

Technical Support
CAM:Panaflex Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Anholt, Christien as [Date at Dinner] <60>
  2. Arnell, Gordon as [Minister at Mother's Funeral] <12>
  3. Barreto, Raymond as [Indian Referee] <46>
  4. Beeten, Ed as [Prison Commissioner] <23>
  5. Brunner, Michael (I) as [Cmdt. Van Zy] <17>
  6. Bulloch, Robbie as [Jaapie Botha] <11>
  7. Campbell, Rod (I) as [Van Cop #2] <36>
  8. Cartwright, Jon (I) as [Jacob] <62>
  9. Craig, Daniel (I) as [Sgt. Botha] <44>
  10. Deary, Brendan as [P.K. Infant] <5>
  11. Denham, Tony (I) as [Boxing Partner] <39>
  12. Dorff, Stephen as [P.K. Age 18] <25>
  13. Fenton, Simon (I) as [P.K. Age 12] <21>
  14. Fogerty, Adam as [Andress Malan] <37>
  15. Francis, Roy as [Referee] <29>
  16. Freeman, Morgan (I) as [Geel Piet] <20>
  17. Gielgud, John as [St. John] <24>
  18. Guzawa, David as [Student] <58>
  19. Inns, Garth as (uncredited) [Headmaster]
  20. Ivy, Nigel as [P.K. Newborn] <3>
  21. Jeffers, Tyrone as (uncredited) [Student]
  22. Jordan, Edward (I) as [City Cop #2] <42>
  23. Khabo, David as [Student] <57>
  24. Leih, Stan as [Van Cop #1] <35>
  25. Makuwachuma, Dominic as [Joshua] <49>
  26. Mamanzi, Cecil Zilla as [Ranch Foreman] <9>
  27. Mangwarara, Winston as [Tonderai Infant] <6>
  28. Mnisi, Jeremiah as [Dabula Manzi] <13>
  29. Moyo, Alois as [Gideon Duma] <32>
  30. Moyo, Banele Dala as [Boy Who Reads] <65>
  31. Mueller-Stahl, Armin as [Doc] <14>
  32. Mwale, Akim as [Student] <51>
  33. Nobbs, Eric as [City Cop #1] <41>
  34. Ntshona, Winston as [Mlungisi] <22>
  35. O Shaughnessy, Brian (I) as [Col. Bretyn] <43>
  36. Osborne, John (I) as [Guard, School Gate] <33>
  37. Pegram, Nigel as [Man Guest #1] <61>
  38. Phiri, Joel as [Student] <55>
  39. Reed, Robert Thomas as [School Fight Opponent] <27>
  40. Roberts, Ian (I) as [Hoppie Gruenewald] <38>
  41. Russell, Clive as [Sgt. Bormann] <18>
  42. Shumba, Simon as [Man Without Pass] <34>
  43. Sibanda, Lungani as [Student] <50>
  44. Tingay, Paul (I) as [Grandfather] <15>
  45. Turner, John (I) as [Afrikaner Minister] <10>
  46. Van Niekirk, Gert as [Lt. Smit] <19>
  47. van Vuuren, Pieter Janse as (as Rev. Peter Van Vuuren) [Minister at Maria's Funeral] <63>
  48. Walker, Dominic (I) as [Morrie Gilbert] <26>
  49. Weyers, Marius as [Prof. Daniel Marais] <40>
  50. Whaley, Andrew as [Ticket Taker] <48>
  51. Williams, Hywell as [Captain] <16>
  52. Witcher, Guy as [P.K. Age 7] <7>
  53. Annison, Robin as [Anita] <59>
  54. Brooks Swope, Tracy as [Mother] <4>
  55. Cobbold, Clare as [Maria's Friend #1] <30>
  56. Coleman, Marcia as [Woman Guest] <64>
  57. Dinah, Pesedena as [Student] <52>
  58. Edwards, Faith as [Miriam Sisulu] <45>
  59. Hurle, Agatha as [Midwife] <2>
  60. Kubheka, Nomadlozi as [Nanny] <1>
  61. Masenda, Tonderai as [Tonderai] <8>
  62. Masterson, Fay as [Maria] <28>
  63. Morse, Natalie as [Maria's Friend #2] <31>
  64. Moyo, Peggy as [Student] <56>
  65. Mtika, Martha Gibson as [Student] <54>
  66. Ngwenya, Liz as [Nganga Ancient Woman] <47>
  67. Sibanda, Rosemary Chikobwe as [Student] <53>


  1. Drama

Full Plot

The Power of One is an intriguing story of a young English boy named Peekay and his passion for changing the world. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. Soon orphaned, he was placed in the care of a German national named Professor von Vollensteen (a.k.a. "Doc"), a friend of his grandfather. Doc develops Peekay's piano talent and Peekay becomes "assistant gardener" in Doc's cactus garden. It is not long after WWII begins that Doc is placed in prison for failure to register with the English government as a foreigner. Peekay makes frequent visits and meets Geel Piet, an inmate, who teaches him to box. Geel Piet spreads the myth of the Rainmaker, the one who brings peace to all of the tribes. Peekay is cast in the light of this myth. After the war Peekay attends an English private school where he continues to box. He meets a young girl, Maria, with whom he falls in love. Her father, Professor Daniel Marais, is a leader of the Nationalist Party of South Africa. The two fight to teach the natives English as Peekay's popularity grows via the myth. Peekay loses focus until he sees the success of his language school among the tribes. He and Guideon Duma continue the work in hopes of building a better future for Africa. Greg Brunson Plot not found

Total Business

GR: USD 2,827,107 (USA)

Movie Certificate

13+ (Canada)(Quebec)
A (Canada)(Nova Scotia)
AA (Canada)(Ontario)
PA (Canada)(Manitoba)
16 (Iceland)
PG-13 (USA)(certificate #31619)
15 (South Korea)
M/12 (Portugal)
12 (UK)(original rating)
15 (UK)(video rating)
PG (Australia)
12 (Germany)
13 (Spain)
PG (Singapore)

Music Composers

  1. Zimmer, Hans


  1. Semler, Dean

Dress Designers

  1. Rand, Tom (I)


Warner Bros. Pictures [us]
Warner Bros. [es] - (Spain)
Warner Bros. [fr] - (1992) (France) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [us] - (USA) (DVD)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (199?) (Brazil) (VHS)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (2000) (Brazil) (DVD)


  1. Adams, Julie (II) (dialect coach)
  2. Ali, Peggy Y. (production secretary) (as Peggy Ali)
  3. Alvin, John (II) (maps: Africa)
  4. Arnell, Gordon (unit publicist)
  5. Beal, Shauna (assistant: Arnon Milchan)
  6. Bibi, Lawrence (boxing scene editor)
  7. Bowen, Linda (I) (assistant production accountant)
  8. Courtenay, Bryce (project consultant)
  9. Cressall, Lucy (assistant production coordinator)
  10. Daubeny, Nick (location manager)
  11. Davidson, Clarie (drama coach)
  12. Davis, Gary (III) (systems analyst)
  13. Ditano, Geraldine (assistant production accountant)
  14. Fetherolf, Joyce Wilson (assistant: John G. Avildsen)
  15. Fisher, Paul (III) (location manager)
  16. Freeman, Joel (I) (production executive) (uncredited)
  17. Gabriel, Julie (I) (production secretary)
  18. Johnson, Wm. A. (production associate: USA)
  19. Jones, Sally (II) (script supervisor)
  20. McCarthy, Jim (II) (post-production accountant) (uncredited)
  21. Muzila, Tom (boxing trainer) (as Tom Muzilla)
  22. Nixon, Sandra (production accountant)
  23. Regan, Carol (production coordinator)
  24. Scott, Deborah (I) (assistant: Steve Reuther)
  25. Sheldon, Sue (assistant production coordinator)
  26. Smith, Hilton Bales (location manager)
  27. Smith, Mike (X) (supervising production accountant)
  28. Wallace, Bill (II) (boxing advisor)
  29. Wilson, Linda (I) (assistant: John G. Avildsen) (as Linda J. Wilson)


Jaapie Botha: You know what P.K stands for? Piss Kop. Piss Head. P.K. Age 7: No it doesn't. It stands for Peter Phillip Kenneth Keith, that's my name. Jaapie Botha: Let's piss on the Piss Kop. [the African inmates are singing a song in Zulu, insulting the prison guards. One of the guards caught up with Piet and asks him what they are singing about] Sgt. Bowmann: What are they singing? Geel Piet: [translating] They run this way. They run that way. They are confused. They are afraid. Sgt. Bowmann: We are afraid? [shouts] Sgt. Bowmann: We are afraid? Geel Piet: You are cowards. Sgt. Bowmann: You *bastards*. P.K. Age 7: A month later, war broke out in Europe. This caused me more problems than bed wetting ever had. Doc: You know, my donkey, Beethoven, once told me a remedy of curing sadness in little boys. Would you like to try it? [P.K nods] Doc: Okay, stand up, on this brick wall, stand on one leg, good, now close your eyes, say three times "absoloodle". P.K. Age 7: Absoloodle, absoloodle, absoloodle. Doc: Feel better? [P.K shakes his head] Doc: No? I guess it proves one thing then. P.K. Age 7: What's that? Doc: Never take advice from a donkey. Doc: To have a brain is not a sin, but to have a brain and not use it, that is a sin. Geel Piet: Little beat big when little smart. First with the head, then with the heart. You can remember that? Hoppie Gruenewald: Where did you learn to box like that? P.K.: Prison, sir. Hoppie Gruenewald: Are you training to be a boxer or a comedian? P.K.: If you had the opportunity to get to know me, would you take it? Maria Marais: Yah, I would. P.K.: Even if it meant going against your father's orders? Maria Marais: What do you call this? Sgt. Botha: I was branded an idiot by everyone I knew. Gideon Duma: They knew you well. St. John: History disputes you. P.K.: History takes too long. St. John: Yes I know it does, but it's never kind to those who try to hurry it. Sgt. Bowmann: You can't hide from me forever, Kaffir. Your day will come and it will be as black as your bloody soul. I promise you. [last lines] P.K.: I remember my nanny would tell me, that if I listened to the wind, I would hear the voices of my life. I listened, and heard Doc talk about justice. I heard Geel Piet talk about hope. I heard Daboola Manzi, the odd medicine man, talk about courage. I heard Maria. These are the voices of my life, the voices of Africa. These are the voices I carry with me, as Duma and I set out together to help bring our country closer to a good tomorrow. Sgt. Botha: Now, Piss Kop, let's box, eh? Sgt. Botha: I'm not finished with you... or the Marais girl. Gideon Duma: Damn belief. I believe in Africa. I believe in my people. I want to in the future. Now what do you believe in, P.K.? Tell me, what? Manager: Mind your mouth, Kaffir! Sgt. Bowmann: You are a bunch of shit eaters, aren't you, Kaffir? Geel Piet: No, Baas. Sgt. Bowmann: What you say? Geel Piet: Yes, Baas. Sgt. Bowmann: Bloody right. Sgt. Botha: You may be the Heavyweight Champion of our country, but you're a disgrace to it. Sgt. Botha: You ruin the country, you bastard. You and that Marais bitch! P.K.: You're disrupting the sanctity of the church! Col. Bretyn: No, you are, Rooinek, with your damn race mixing ideas. P.K.: It makes no difference at all! Morrie Gilbert: You can't ignore the fact that the man's the intellectual darling of the National Party! He's got as much use for an English boy rutting after his beautiful Afrikaaner daughter as the Queen has for boules... Pardon my French! [first lines] Title Card: In the 1680s, Dutch, French and Germans fled religious persecution in Europe and settled in Southern Africa. They called themselves the Afrikaners. White Africans. / For the next 250 years, the British Empire fought the Afrikaners for control of the land, the gold and 20 million Native Africans. / In 1948, a conservative Afrikaner government was voted into power. A system of segregation first introduced by the English was declared the law of the land. / The English never gave the system a name. The Afrikaners called it Apartheid. / Our story begins 18 years earlier, in 1930, on a small English farm in South Africa. P.K. Age 7: Doc said a person needed 2 things in life: his health, and a good education. He said my health was good, but that my education needed immediate attention. Doc showed me Africa. He made Africa my classroom. Doc: Any question you ever have, the answer you will find in nature. St. John: Any ideology that needs to attack the thing that least threatens it is an ideology that will not outlive its own generation. Prof. Daniel Marais: Laws define rights. P.K.: I agree, sir. But do they always define justice? Prof. Daniel Marais: Justice, young man, is only relative to who is in charge. P.K.: Quite true, sir. But perhaps how well they stay in charge is only relative to how well they dispense that justice. P.K.: How will they ever be included if they can't ever read or write English. St. John: I quite agree with you, P.K. But at the end of the day, it's only about a dozen people you're talking about teaching. How much difference will that really make? P.K.: A waterfall begins from only one drop of water, sir. Look what comes from that... Doc: The brain, Peekay, has two functions: It is the best reference library ever, which is a good thing to have. But also from it comes original thought. In school you will get all filled up with the facts. Out here, your brain will learn where to look, how to look, and how to think. Any question you ever have, the answer you will find in Nature - if you know where to look, and how to ask. And then you will have for yourself all the brains that have ever been.

Other Titles

  1. Im Glanz der Sonne (1992) (ENG)

  2. La forza del singolo (1992) (ENG)

  3. La puissance de l'ange (1992) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, England, UK
  2. Stage 2, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
  3. Zimbabwe


- This is 'Daniel Craig (I)' (qv)'s theatrical film debut.

- 'Ethan Hawke' (qv) and 'Sean Astin' (qv) were considered for the role of P.K.