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
Adventure across 900 miles of escape and survival.
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Did You Know?
This movie was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by author Peter Driscoll
was first published in 1972. This picture is the only ever filmed adaptation of a story by Driscoll. See more
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
Well, well... My government will have me out of here in six weeks. It's called prisoner exchange. And I will be back.
You know? I really believe you will.
Oh I will.
[Keogh shoots him in the head
Now you understand.
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Jeremy Taylor
Sung by Dean Hart See more