A maxim quoted by Gordon Gekko, the ruthless broker played by Michael Douglas on Wall Street, cult movie of the 1980s depicting the extreme business recklessness of the blooming world of finance directed by Oliver Stone in 1987.
The possessed look of the muscular All Blacks players, who as their name suggests are entirely dressed in black, the screams commanded by their captain, who leads the performance shouting incomprehensible but equally frightening phrases, the gestures coming from an ancient and primordial violence: all this can only insinuate a deep terror in the opponents, hindering any hope of victory.
The invincible All Blacks
Rivalry with the South African Springboks
The event took place exactly one year after Nelson Mandela took office as president after 27 years of imprisonment, and one year after the fall of the old apartheid regime.
Despite Lomu, however, in 1995, New Zealand, returning from a mysterious food poisoning incident before the match, they lost the final to South Africa.
Springboks' victory against the All Blacks, the rebirth of a nation
Once more, a sporting event crossed its borders to enter the wider realm of history.
The victory in popular media
Suddenly, countries that had always been considered minor in the world of rugby understood the unifying power and passion behind this sport, rising from the bottom of the world rankings to challenge the myth of invincibility of the New Zealand’s All Blacks.
The film culminates in the final match between Springboks and All Blacks and in the celebration of the final victory - the historic moment in which Mandela, the president of Black Africa, presents the title of world champion to the team that symbolized the old pride of White Africa. In this, the American director and his principal interpreter were able to show all their admiration for one of the most important political figures of the twentieth century.