Mandela's shown at a rugby game noting, "All of the whites are cheering for South Africa. All of the blacks are cheering for England." It was a common occurrence at the time in South Africa for blacks, who felt alienated from their own country, to root for the opposing team. Mandela, seeing this as an opportunity for change, calls upon the white captain of South Africa's disgraced rugby team (Matt Damon) to rally his teammates -- and thus inspire an entire nation of people at odds to share a common goal.
Directed by Clint Eastwood and hitting theaters December 11, 'Invictus' shows how a simple rugby team answered their president's call to action, became an international symbol and created history both on and off the field.