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Writers (WGA):
Alan Paton (novel)
Alan Paton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 November 1951 (South Africa) See more »
Filmed in Africa...Where It Was Lived! See more »
In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Canada Lee ... Reverend Stephen Kumalo
Charles Carson ... James Jarvis

Sidney Poitier ... Reverend Msimangu
Joyce Carey ... Margaret Jarvis
Geoffrey Keen ... Father Vincent
Vivien Clinton ... Mary

Michael Goodliffe ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Adnewmah ... Young Man, Client of Gertrude (uncredited)
John Arnatt ... Prison warden (uncredited)
Henry Blumenthal ... Arthur Jarvis (uncredited)
Cecil Cartwright ... Mr. Harrison (uncredited)
Max Dhlamini ... Father Thomas (uncredited)
Michael Golden ... Second reporter (uncredited)
Berdine Grünewald ... Mary Jarvis (uncredited)
Tsepo Gugushe ... Gertrude's Child (uncredited)
Scott Harrold ... Police superintendent (uncredited)
Andrew Kay ... John Harrison (uncredited)
Cyril Kwaza ... Matthew Kumalo (uncredited)
Clement McCallin ... First reporter (uncredited)
Evelyn Nayati ... Mrs. Lithebe (uncredited)
Reginald Ngcobo ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Emily Pooe ... Mrs. Ndela (uncredited)
Shayiaw Riba ... Father Tisa (uncredited)
Stanley Van Beers ... Judge (uncredited)

Directed by
Zoltan Korda 
Writing credits
Alan Paton (novel)

Alan Paton (screenplay)

John Howard Lawson  screenplay (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Zoltan Korda .... producer
Alan Paton .... producer
Original Music by
Raymond Gallois-Montbrun  (as R. Gallois Montbrun)
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker 
Film Editing by
David Eady 
Art Direction by
Wilfred Shingleton 
Costume Design by
Maisie Kelly 
Makeup Department
Peter Evans .... makeup artist
William Bell .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Swinburne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Bremer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lee Doig .... dubbing editor
Jack Drake .... dubbing editor
Max Elliott .... dubbing editor
Red Law .... sound recordist
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Lang .... camera operator: second unit
Gerry Massy-Collier .... camera operator (as C. Massy-Collier)
David Millin .... camera operator: second unit (as David Millen)
Gerry Fisher .... assistant camera: interiors (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Valerie Leslie .... assistant editor
Music Department
Hubert Clifford .... musical director
Raymond Gallois-Montbrun .... music arranger (as R. Gallois Montbrun)
Other crew
Maisie Kelly .... continuity
Frank Rogaly .... African advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
103 min | Canada:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:M | Canada:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video)

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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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Stick with this film., 31 January 2001
Author: Tom Yates ( from Cambridge, England

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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