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The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)

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
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Rina Van Niekirk
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Anil Mukerjee
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Persis Ray
Rijk de Gooyer ...
Van Heerden (as Ryk De Gooyer)
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Blane Van Niekirk
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Joe De Graft ...
Wilby Xaba
Archie Duncan ...
Gordon
Abdulla Sunado ...
Village Headman
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Highway Policeman
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Storyline

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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Adventure across 900 miles of escape and survival. See more »


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February 1975 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wilby-Verschwörung  »

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Trivia

Kenya portrays South Africa, as it was too politically unstable to shoot the picture there. See more »

Goofs

While struggling with Persis, Shack was glazed by a bullet on the right side but it miraculously healed in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Jim Keogh: Rina, I think I'm gonna need a lawyer.
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References Aamne - Saamne (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

All the Wishing in the World
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Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Diane Solomon
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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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