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The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)

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Black anti-apartheid activist and British engineer are forced to run from South African secret police.

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Shack Twala
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Jim Keogh
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Major Horn
Prunella Gee ...
Rina Van Niekirk
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Mukarjee
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Persis Ray
Rijk de Gooyer ...
Van Heerden (as Ryk De Gooyer)
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Blane Van Niekirk
Patrick Allen ...
District Commissioner
Joe De Graft ...
Wilby Xaba
Archie Duncan ...
Gordon
Abdulla Sunado ...
Village Headman
Helmut Dantine ...
Prosecuting Counsel
Peter Pearce ...
Highway Policeman
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Having spent 10 years in prison for nationalist activities, Shack Twala is finally ordered released by the South African Supreme Court but he finds himself almost immediately on the run after a run-in with the police. Assisted by his lawyer Rina Van Niekirk and visiting British engineer Jim Keogh, he heads for Capetown where he hopes to recover a stash of diamonds, meant to finance revolutionary activities, that he had entrusted to a dentist before his incarceration. Along the way, they are followed by Major Horn of the South African State security bureau and it becomes apparent that he has no intention of arresting them until they reach their final destination Written by garykmcd

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In the fight for freedom, you have to break all the rules. See more »


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February 1975 (Austria)  »

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Director Ralph Nelson once said that this movie is "...a film about man's humanity to man, which, in the course of entertaining, may also make people think". See more »

Goofs

While hiding the car in a village on the way to Johannesburg, Twali speaks Swahili with the villagers. Swahili is only spoken in East and Central Africa, for example in Kenya, the location of the shooting, but not in South Africa. See more »

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Major Horn: Mukarjee could swear by the beard of the prophet or the nails of the true cross and it wouldn't mean a thing. Because Mukarjee is a goddamned, godless, atheist Marxist. And the only thing that he holds sacred is Che Guevara's foreskin.
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References Rivaaj (1972) See more »

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Geliefde Man
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Jeremy Taylor
Sung by Dean Hart
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Quality Caine and young Rutger Hauer
25 May 1999 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

Overlooked, althought not underrated, if you are a Michael Caine fan, don't miss this chase/early buddy film. Caine and Portier are framed and on the run from the corrupt South American gov't. The pace never lets up. Perhaps what held my interest the most was the supporting cast. Nicol (Merlin in "Excalibur") Williamson's turns in a deliciously villainous role. A real surprise was when a young (30ish) Rutger Hauer shows up to anagonize our heroes. It is his first English Speaking role, long before he wound up states side. The late Peris Khambatta makes an appearance too. The cast and socially pertinent plot will hold your attention right up to the powerful conclusion.


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