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Catch a Fire

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Catch a fire
Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Flag of the United States.jpg United States
FRA.jpg France
RSA.jpg South Africa
Directed by Philip Noyce
Release Date 2006
Language English
Studio StudioCanal
Working Title Films
Mirage Enterprises
Distributor Focus Features (US)
Universal Pictures International (UK)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nic Vos Tim Robbins
Patrick Chamusso Derek Luke

Catch a Fire is a 2006 biographical thriller film about activists against apartheid in South Africa. It is the true story about Patrick Chamusso; who joined the militant movement after being falsely accused of plotting to bomb the Secunda oil refinery in 1980. The movie details his arrest and torture at the hands of the South African police, his subsequent radicalization and eventual imprisonment, until the dismantling of Apartheid in the early nineties. Catch a Fire was shot on location in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique during the Fall of 2005.

The following weapons were used in the film Catch a Fire:


Many of the police and soldiers throughout the film use FN FAL battle rifles.

FN FAL 50.00 7.62x51mm NATO
Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke) looks at a police officer with a FN FAL through the car window after he is arrested.
A soldier at the plant with an FN FAL.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

When we first see Nic Vos (Tim Robbins), he can be seen teaching his two daughters, Kate (Jessica Anstey), and Marie (Charlotte Savage) to shoot at a range with Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver - .38 Special
Marie firing a Smith & Wesson Model 10.
Kate firing a Smith & Wesson Model 10. The Smith & Wesson-style cylinder release is clearly visible in this shot.


Many of the ANC rebels use the AKM as their main weapon for their struggle against apartheid.

AKM Rifle with stamped receiver and laminated wood furniture - 7.62x39mm.
An ANC soldier holds up an AKM rifle - 7.62x39mm. It is a stamped receiver AKM.
Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke) aims and fires an AKM rifle - 7.62x39mm.

This looks like the Polish AKM model, like in Hotel Rwanda. [1]


In the scene when Patrick (Derek Luke) is training with the ANC, some ANC trainees can be seen with RPG-7s.

RPG-7 40mm
An ANC trainee with an RPG-7.

M79 grenade launcher

When soldiers assault the ANC headquarters, one of them can seen with an M79 grenade launcher.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
A soldier fires an M79 grenade launcher.

Vektor Z88

Nic Vos' (Tim Robbins) sidearm is Vektor Z88, A South African copy of the Beretta 92FS, which he uses several times in the film. The appearance of the Z88 is anachronistic. The story takes place in the early 1980's and the actual pistol was not adopted by the South African military until 1988.

Vektor Z88 9mm.
Nic Vos with his Vektor Z88 drawn
Nic Vos with the Vektor Z88 drawn.

Walther P38

A police officer with Nic Vos brandishes a Walther P38 as they pursue Patrick Chamusso.

Walther P38 9mm
A police officer with a Walther P38.

Winchester Model 1912

Soldiers carry various weapons like the Winchester Model 1912 to pursue Patrick Chamusso at the plant.

Example of a Winchester Model 1912 Riot Gun used in film
A soldier with a Winchester Model 1912.
A soldier with a Winchester Model 1912.

Tokarev TT-33

Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke) brandishes a Tokarev TT-33 as one of his weapons for the bombing of the Secunda Plant.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Patrick chambers a round in his Tokarev TT-33.
Patrick's Tokarev TT-33 next the bombs meant for the plant.
Closeup of Patrick's Tokarev TT-33 as he fires at some police pursuing him.

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