(H, C, LL, V, SS, NNN, A, M) Humanism & rampant immorality briefly redeemed; 11 obscenities & 12 profanities; mob violence, although without direct views of brutality; sexual immorality throughout, though not presented favorably, & frank discussion of sexually transmitted diseases; multiple brief views of full female & rear male nudity; alcohol use & drunkenness throughout; and, unflattering portrayal of tribal superstitions.
A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA is Alex Murray, M.D. (splendidly underplayed by Sean Connery), a venerable physician whose integrity stands in stark contrast to the amoral shenanigans which surround him. What should have been a savvy moral tale is, instead, 99 percent raunch and an unsatisfying farce.
A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA is Alex Murray, M.D. (splendidly played by Sean Connery), a physician whose integrity stands in stark contrast to the amoral shenanigans which surround him. In the fictional African nation of Kinjanja, good people are in short supply. British diplomat Morgan Leafty (Colin Friels) has little to offer, other than ignorance of the country’s customs, disdain for its people and an unquenchable thirst for women and booze. His boss, the British High Commissioner Arthur Fanshawe (John Lithgow), is clueless about anything in Kinjanja except for its newly-discovered oil reserves, which he desires to direct toward the homelands. This means kowtowing to promising but deceptive presidential candidate Professor Sam Adekunle (Lou Gossett).
It is not until the final moments of this film that its basic agenda is revealed: the amoral, lying Leafty, under the influence of Dr. Murray, undergoes a moral regeneration. However, the redemptive moment is just that, a little glint of hope in the last few frames. Viewers would have been far more satisfied if the filmmakers would have curtailed the excessively raunchy content. What should have been a savvy moral tale is, instead, 99 percent raunch and an unsatisfying farce.