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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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Major Horn
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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
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Wilby Xaba
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Gordon
Abdulla Sunado ...
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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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Die Wilby-Verschwörung  »

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Trivia

Most of the movie is set in South Africa in Johannesburg and Cape Town but due to the political sensitivity of anti-apartheid no attempt was made to film the picture there. 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 »

Quotes

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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Featured in In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid (1993) See more »

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Geliefde Man
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Jeremy Taylor
Sung by Dean Hart
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good chase film
8 February 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a real gem of a chase thriller.I think this film isn't well known.Oscar winners Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier are well matched together.Nicol Williamson is quite a scene stealer and a wonderful actor.Available from MGM.and also stars Persis Khambatta from "Star Trek original movie" and Rutger Hauer,known for "Blade Runner". This film reminded me of the film "Defiant Ones" 1958.Pairing Tony Curtis and Poitier together. Sidney Poitier won Oscar for Lillies in the field 1963. Michael Caine won supporting actor for Cider House Rules 1999. So watch this movie and see if you agree with me that it is a gem! If you liked this film you might watch Shoot to Kill 1988.


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