Man to Man (2005 film)

Man to Man is a 2005 historical drama film directed by Régis Wargnier and starring Joseph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Iain Glen. The screenplay concerns a man in a team of Victorian scientists conducting research in Africa, who begins to have doubts about the human cost of their mission. It was scripted by William Boyd.

Man to Man
Film poster
Directed byRégis Wargnier
Produced byAïssa Djabri
Farid Lahouassa
Written byWilliam Boyd
Régis Wargnier
StarringJoseph Fiennes
Kristin Scott Thomas
Lomama Boseki
Cécile Bayiha
Iain Glen
Hugh Bonneville
Music byPatrick Doyle
CinematographyLaurent Dailland
Edited byYann Malcor
Distributed byARP Sélection (France)
Release date
  • 10 February 2005 (2005-02-10) (Berlinale)
  • 13 April 2005 (2005-04-13) (France)
Running time
122 minutes
South Africa
United Kingdom
Budget€21.7 million[1]
Box office$3.5 million[2]


In 1860, Victorian scientists capture a pygmy couple during an expedition in Central Africa. They are transported back to the United Kingdom for further study as part of research involving the theory of the evolution of man. However, the primitive outlook of the pygmies and the sophisticated methods used by the scientists, as well as the complications of adapting to a foreign environment, make their anthropological study all the more difficult. Ultimately, as the pygmies become more absorbed to the public, major disagreements erupt culminating in a bloody and tragic confrontation.



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