MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 20,266 this week

Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

 -  Drama  -  26 April 1952 (UK)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 363 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 589 titles
created 12 May 2011
 
a list of 871 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
 
a list of 2009 titles
created 28 Jul 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 10 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

Cry, the Beloved Country (1951) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cry, the Beloved Country.
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

1 photo »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Canada Lee ...
Charles Carson ...
...
Joyce Carey ...
Geoffrey Keen ...
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

africa | based on novel

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 April 1952 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cry, the Beloved Country  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At about 18 minutes into the movie, the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (AKA Wemoweh and Mbube) is sung behind the dialogue. Its use is possibly the earliest mass release version ever of the song, predating The Weaver's release of Wemoweh by at least a year. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Four Star Playhouse: Man in the Box (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Composed by Raymond Gallos-Montbrun
Directed by Dr. Hubbert Clifford
Performed by London Film Symphony Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


2 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Cry the Beloved Country(1951) kingsbury-3
Discuss Cry, the Beloved Country (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?