Mister Johnson 1990 Criterion Collection
In a small village somewhere in Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson (Maynard Eziashi) feels blessed. He is an educated black man who has started working for a strict district officer, Harry Rudbeck (Pierce Brosnan), whose ambition is to build a large road. Mister Johnson makes sure that all of Rudbeck's documents are in order and that his letters to his superiors in London are dispatched on time.

Mister Johnson also pays very close attention to Rudbeck's manners and anything he has to say about England. He is fascinated by its history and traditions, and though he has never visited the country, he even considers himself English. Occasionally, he enthusiastically reminds the villagers and the local tribal leaders that he is different.

A few unwise decisions, however, dramatically change Mister Johnson's life. In a short period of time, he loses his clerk job and soon after that his beautiful wife (Bella Enahoro) leaves him. An altercation with the bubbly English owner (Edward Woodward) of the only general store in the village also forces his former employer to arrest him.

The film is based on Joyce Cary's 1939 novel of the same name, which is one of four novels the English writer completed after he spent seven years in Nigeria as a political officer.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward, Maynard Eziashi
Country: USA
Genre: Drama

• New interviews with Beresford (15:32), producer Michael Fitzgerald (11:13), and actors Maynard Eziashi (12:10) and Pierce Brosnan (8:59)
• Trailer (3:05)

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:41:24 | 6.67 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:41:32 | 40.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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