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Boetie op Manoeuvres

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Boetie op Manoeuvres
Directed byRegardt van den Bergh
Produced byPhilo Pieterse
Written byJohann Potgieter
StarringArnold Vosloo
Janie du Plessis
Frank Opperman
Paul Slabolepszy
Greg Latter
Music byDennis East
CinematographyDesmond Burmeister
Edited byValma Muir
Release date
  • June 28, 1985 (1985-06-28) (South Africa)
Running time
87 minutes
CountrySouth Africa

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Boetie op Manoeuvres (released internationally as Wild Maneuvres) is a 1985 satire film set during the South African Border War. The film was directed by Regardt van den Bergh, and stars Arnold Vosloo, Janie du Plessis and Frank Opperman. The film is the sequel to Boetie Gaan Border Toe, which had broken all South African box office records a year before and would be the breakout role for Vosloo.


South African Army reserve soldier Boetie van Tonder leads a group of his friends to a party by traveling by tank. Boetie intends to get in touch with his ex-girlfriend Elize. After the attempt goes futile, the tank accidentally crashes the house where the party is being held in and the group head back to base where they face disciplinary action. When a military maneuver is set to be presented, Boetie and his men are forced to do manual labor. Elize and her team arrive for the event and Boetie soon learns that the commanding officer in charge of the maneuver is Captain Schuster, who is now Elize's new boyfriend.

Meanwhile, Elize's colleague Liz has a crush on Boetie and a colleague, Lulu, has an eye on Corporal White after he helps revive her when she arrives faint. Meanwhile, a band of ex-mercenaries led by "The Horror" show up with the intention of sabotaging the maneuver. "The Horror" was a former soldier under Commandant Davel, Boetie's commanding officer, and seeks revenge. When "The Horror" and his men set fire to the camp the night before the event, the rogue group kidnaps Schuster while Boetie and his men have taken Prester John, the "brains" behind the Horror's operation. Davel, learning what has happened, can only rely on Boetie and his team to embark on a rescue mission and save Schuster.


  • Arnold Vosloo as Boetie van Tonder
  • Janie du Plessis as Elize
  • Frank Opperman as De Kock
  • Ian Roberts as Corporal White
  • Anton Dekker as Captain Schuster
  • Paul Slabolepszy as "The Horror"
  • Kerneels Coertzel as Commandant Davel
  • Tracey Morris as Liz
  • Marian Munitz as Lulu
  • Greg Latter as Veertjie
  • Jurgen Hellberg as Corpse
  • Nicholas Lorentz as Christmas


Literary analyst Monica Popescu described Boetie Gaan Border Toe and its sequel, Boetie Op Manoeuvres, as works which essentially romanticised the South African Border War and devoted a disproportionate amount of emphasis to the "chivalrous conduct of SADF soldiers".[1] Keyan Tomaselli of the University of Johannesburg criticised the film as "propagandistic".[2]

International Release[edit]

While the original film did not get an international release, this film was given an international release under the title Wild Maneuvers. It is available on DVD in South Africa under its title and its international release is available on Streaming platform Tubi

External Links[edit]


  1. Popescu, Monica (2010). South African Literature Beyond the Cold War. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 49. ISBN 9781137071859. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Tomaselli, Keyan (2013). The Cinema of Apartheid Race and Class in South African Film. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. p. 194. ISBN 9781317928393. Retrieved 22 September 2017. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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