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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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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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The Screen Brings New Power And Greatness To Alan Paton's Best-Selling Novel! 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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A great film of South Africa
21 February 1999 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

A powerful, deep, and complex story of an interracial crime in 1940s Johannesburg. As in The Grapes Of Wrath, the spotlight is on the human struggle and heartbreak of a racially divided society instead of the inevitable political and moral overtones, and the result is the story of a generation.


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