South African Film: Beyond Black and White

ALEXIS FLYNN

THUMBS UP: Films like Triomf, about life in a poor white suburb, explore themes besides reconciliation

Take one of the greatest moments in modern American sports history, the "Miracle on Ice," when the U.S. ice-hockey team unexpectedly defeated the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics. Add in an avuncular presidential candidate — Ronald Reagan — who would come to tap the victory's almost mythical national significance to sell the idea of a new American dawn. Turn it all into a movie. Who would you cast? Arnold Vosloo as Reagan and Presley Chweneyagae as U.S. hockey team captain Mike Eruzione, right? No?

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