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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Canada Lee ...
Charles Carson ...
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Joyce Carey ...
Geoffrey Keen ...
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Martens, Probation Official at Reformatory
Edric Connor ...
John Kumalo, Brother of Stephen
Charles McRae ...
Church Friend of Stephen
Lionel Ngakane ...
Absolom Kumalo, Son of Stephen
Vivien Clinton ...
Mary (Wedded to Absolom)
Albertina Temba ...
Mrs. Kumalo, Wife of Stephen
Bruce Anderson ...
Frank Smith, Farmer and Friend of James Jarvis
Bruce Meredith Smith ...
Captain Jaarsveldt, Policeman Bearing News of Murder
Berdine Grunewald ...
Mary Jarvis, Wife of Arthur
Cecil Cartwright ...
Harrison, Father of Mary Jarvis
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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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africa | based on novel

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Filmed in Africa...Where It Was Lived! See more »

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The film was shot in South Africa. Since the country was ruled by strict apartheid (enforced racial separation) laws, stars Sidney Poitier and Canada Lee and producer/director Zoltan Korda cooked up a scheme where they told the South African immigration authorities that Poitier and Lee were not actors but were Korda's indentured servants; otherwise, the two black actors and the white director would not have been allowed to associate with each other while they were in the country. 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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disappointing
26 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

When I was growing up this movie was the paradigm of the social cause film, but I had never gotten to see it until American Movie Classics ran it recently. I was disappointed. The first third of the movie was hard to follow, and the movie in general seemed disjointed (not helped by awkward cutting). The dialogue was hard to understand at times. The story itself I did not find particularly gripping or emotionally involving, and as an indictment of apartheid in particular and racial tolerance in general it was not particularly hard-hitting. The acting was nothing to write home about, either. A big disappointment.


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