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Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

 |  Drama  |  26 April 1952 (UK)
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In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a ... See full summary »

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Canada Lee ...
Charles Carson ...
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Geoffrey Keen ...
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Mary
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Martens
Albertina Temba ...
Mrs. Kumalo
Edric Connor ...
John Kumalo
Lionel Ngakane ...
Absolom Kumalo
Charles McRae ...
Sibeko
Bruce Meredith Smith ...
Captain Jaarsveldt
Bruce Anderson ...
Frank Smith
Ribbon Dhlamini ...
Gertrude
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Daniel Adnewmah ...
Young Man, Client of Gertrude (as Danie Adrewmah)
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In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a criminal. Reverend Misimangu (Sidney Poitier) is a young South African clergyman who helps find his missing son-turned-thief and sister-turned-prostitute in the slums of Johannesburg. Written by alfiehitchie

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Original author Alan Paton was a strong opponent of apartheid. His book saw him put under house arrest and his passport removed in his native country. Sadly Paton died before the fall of apartheid in South Africa. See more »

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Composed by Raymond Gallos-Montbrun
Directed by Dr. Hubbert Clifford
Performed by London Film Symphony Orchestra
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31 January 2001 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

Cry, the Beloved Country is not slick and is not a visual spectacle. However, that is not what it is about. It makes its point slowly but strongly and not in a glossy superficial way. It made me cry. This film also stars Sidney Poitier and that is always a good thing.


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