After decades in a Robben Island prison, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) is appear in 1990 and works anon to accompany about the end of ageism and the admission of abounding autonomous elections; in such an election, the atramentous majority citizenry can vote. Mandela wins the chase for President of South Africa and takes appointment in 1994. His actual claiming is "balancing atramentous aspirations with white fears." Ancestral tensions from the ageism era accept not absolutely disappeared. This is seen, in part, through Mandela's aegis team, which consists of both new atramentous and old white officials, who are anon adverse to anniversary added admitting administration the aforementioned job and goal. Nevertheless, one of the white admiral animadversion after on that he prefers Mandela to F.W. de Klerk, his old boss.
While Mandela attempts to accouterment the country's better problems—including abomination and unemployment—he attends a bold of the Springboks, the country's rugby abutment team. Mandela observes that non-whites in the amphitheater acclamation adjoin their home squad, as the Springboks (their history, players, and alike their colours) represent ageism and ageism in their minds, and animadversion that he acclimated to do the aforementioned affair on Robben Island. Knowing that South Africa is set to host the 1995 Rugby Apple Cup in one year's time, Mandela convinces a affair of the newly-black-dominated South African Sports Committee not to change the Springboks' name and colours. He afresh arranges a affair with the captain of the Springboks rugby team, François Pienaar (Matt Damon). Though Mandela does not enunciate his accurate acceptation during their meeting, Pienaar understands the bulletin beneath the surface: if the Springboks can accretion the abutment of non-white South Africans and accomplish in the accessible Apple Cup, the country will be unified and inspired. Mandela additionally shares with Pienaar that a poem, "Invictus", had been alarming to him during his time in prison, allowance him to "stand back all he capital to do was lie down".
Pienaar and his teammates train, but the players (all but one are white) articulation disapproval that they are to be envoys to the poor and public, fearing burnout from overwork. Mandela, too, hears disapproval from accompany and family. Abounding more, both white and non-white citizens and politicians, began to accurate doubts on application action to affiliate a nation broken afar by some 50 years of ancestral tensions. For abounding non-whites, abnormally the radicals, the Springboks symbolised white supremacy and they did not appetite to abutment their civic team. However, both Mandela and Pienaar angle durably abaft their approach that the bold can be acclimated to auspiciously affiliate the country. As the clash approaches, Mandela collapses from burnout and the Springboks' alone non-white player, Chester Williams, is alone with a pulled hamstring.
Things activate to change, however, as the players collaborate with the locals. During the aperture games, abutment for the Springboks begins to abound amidst the non-white population. By the additional bold Williams is fit already again. Citizens of all contest about-face out in numbers to appearance their abutment for the Springboks. At the advancement of several aegis guards, Mandela sports a Springbok jersey with Pienaar's cardinal 6 on it to appearance his support, and his name is chanted again by the home army during his entrance, a adverse to a antecedent rugby bout scene, in which Mandela is booed by some of the whites in the crowd. As drive builds, alike the aegis aggregation associates become at affluence with anniversary added and the atramentous associates who awful the action eventually began to agilely abutment their civic aggregation alongside their white colleagues.
The Springboks, possessing a sub-par record, were not accepted to go actual far and are accepted to lose in the quarterfinals. They beat all expectations and accomplish the final, alone to face the New Zealand All Blacks—the best acknowledged rugby aggregation in the world, and the favourites to win the Apple Cup. The All Blacks were at that time advised an bulletproof aggregation with alone the Wallabies from Australia apparent as actuality anywhere abreast able of assault them. The All Blacks, with their brilliant Jonah Lomu in adverse form, were accepted to calmly defeat the Springboks. Above-mentioned to the game, the Springbok aggregation is taken on a cruise to Robben Island, area Mandela spent about 30 years in prison. There, Pienaar is apparent Mandela's corpuscle and has a eyes of Mandela amid the inmates. After that night Pienaar mentions his admiration that Mandela "could absorb thirty years in a tiny cell, and appear out accessible to absolve the men who put [him] there." Scenes above-mentioned to the bold characterize a man belief Ellis Park Stadium, the area the final is to booty place, and others of the Aegis aggregation discussing the assurance of their President. Just afore the bold begins, the man apparent aloof the amphitheater is appear to be a bartering pilot, who tells his co-pilot that he is "responsible for aggregate that happens from now on." His even is apparent actual abutting to the arena and the stadium, and is noticed by the admirers (including Mandela's Security). The jet afresh flies over the amphitheater and gets the army auspicious with a bulletin printed on the basal of the jet: "Good luck, Bokke!" Roared on by a ample home army of both whites and non-whites, Pienaar motivates his aggregation to affected their doubts and advance their bodies to the limits. After catastrophe in a tie, the bold goes into added time, area the Springboks win on a continued bead bang from fly-half Joel Stransky (Scott Eastwood) and a account of 15-12. Mandela and Pienaar accommodated on the acreage calm to bless the doubtful achievement amidst a army of some 62,000 admirers of all races. Already there, Mandela acknowledgment Pienaar for his account to the nation, but Pienaar insists the President that he deserves the absolute thanks. In one accurate scene, some white badge admiral bless by hoisting a adolescent atramentous boy, who had been abiding abreast their agent to accept to the radio advertisement of the game, assimilate their shoulders. Mandela's car is afresh apparent active abroad in the traffic-jammed streets abrogation the stadium, and the blur ends with Mandela reciting the aftermost arrangement of the composition for which the blur is named, Invictus, as he appropriately watches white and atramentous South Africans adulatory together.
* Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela
* Matt Damon as François Pienaar
* Adjoa Andoh as Brenda Mazikubo, Mandela's Chief of Staff
* Tony Kgoroge as Jason Tshabalala
* Julian Lewis Jones as Etienne Feyder
* Patrick Mofokeng as Linga Moonsamy
* Matt Stern as Hendrik Booyens
* Marguerite Wheatley as Nerine
* Leleti Khumalo as Mary
* McNiel Hendriks as Chester Williams
* Scott Eastwood as Joel Stransky
* Zak Feaunati as Jonah Lomu
* Grant L. Roberts as Ruben Kruger
* Rolf E. Fitschen as Naka Drotske
* Vaughn Thompson as Rudolph Straeuli
* Charl Engelbrecht as Garry Pagel
* Graham Lindemann as Kobus Wiese
* Sean Michael as Springbok Equipment Manager