Saturday Night at the Palace (South Africa: 1987)


Robert Davies

Cast list

Bill Flynn ...
John Kani ...
Paul Slabolepszy ...
Marius Weyers ...
van Vuuren
Arnold Vosloo ...
Joanna Weinberg ...
Elias Madini ...
Nicky Rebelo ...
Ramolao Makhene ...
Solomon (as Ramalao Makhene)
Joe Morapedi ...
Lawrence Zama Tsuhama ...
Nandi Nyembe ...


Produced by

Robert Davies ... producer
Lena Farugia ... associate producer
Larry Hirsch ... executive producer

Cinematography by

Robert Davies

Film Editing by

Lena Farugia ... supervising editor
Carla Sandrock

Art Direction by

Sandy Attrill
Wayne Attrill

Production Management

Carla Sandrock ... production manager
Tony Stubbs ... production manager

Sound Department

Humphrey Weale ... sound editor

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Carla Sandrock ... wardrobe

Music Department

Vic Ellis ... music coordinator


Developed for film from a play based on a true story, Saturday Night at the Palace takes place at a South African fast-food restaurant. The main conflict is between a white antagonist, Vince, and a black waiter named September. September was just about to close the restaurant to visit his family who he hasn’t seen in two years due to apartheid, then Vince shows up. Vince has just been kicked off his soccer team and out of his house. He takes out his anger on September.


Janet Maslin, Saturday Night at the Palace (1987), New York Times (website)

Academic Writing:
Dunton, Chris. “South African Plays by Stephen Gray, Review by: Chris Dunton.” Research in African Literatures 26: 235-237. Web.

Kruger, Loren. “Theatre and Society in South Africa: Reflections in a Fractured Mirror by Temple Hauptfleisch; Decolonizing the Stage: Theatrical Syncretism and Post-Colonial Drama by Christopher B. Balme, Review by: Loren Kruger.” Reserach in African Literatures 30: 212-215. Web.

Other movies from South Africa made in

Title Country Year Director More infos
The Stick South Africa 1987 Darrell Roodt
You Must Be Joking Too South Africa 1987 Leon Schuster
Mapantsula South Africa 1987 Oliver Schmitz
Shot Down South Africa 1987 Andrew Worsdale
Saturday Night at the Palace South Africa 1987 Robert Davies
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