John Cleese stars in this South African coming-of age comedy-drama about a middle class boy who wins a scholarship to a snooty private school. Based on the novel by John van de Ruit.
With his lunatic parents fearing Nelson Mandela's release from prison will lead to communist rule in South Africa, Spud is initially glad to leave home for the safety of a boarding school in Kwazula-Natal. But surrounded by well-to-do boys with nicknames like Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud struggles to adapt to his new home. He seeks advise - in all matters, including sex - from his eccentric, alcoholic English teach: The Guv (Cleese).