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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
Prunella Gee ...
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
Patrick Allen ...
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Wilby Xaba
Archie Duncan ...
Gordon
Abdulla Sunado ...
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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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February 1975 (Austria)  »

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Die Wilby-Verschwörung  »

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Trivia

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 »

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: Well, well... My government will have me out of here in six weeks. It's called prisoner exchange. And I will be back.
Jim Keogh: You know? I really believe you will.
Major Horn: Oh I will.
[Keogh shoots him in the head]
Shack Twala: [to Keogh] Now you understand.
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Features Halaku (1956) See more »

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All the Wishing in the World
(uncredited)
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Diane Solomon
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Fun with some substance
16 November 2013 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

This little movie is a combination of political thriller , comedy and adventure movie. Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine have really good chemistry together . It's a well working duo which has to overcome their differences to survive. The way how they begin to trust and care about each other is believable.

The story is simple and moves quite fast , which isn't usual for 70's movies. The movie is mostly entertainment with apartheid being an issue in the background. The people who are expecting something deep might be disappointed . Personally I think that this movie sends a clear anti-apartheid message without being preachy or sappy. There is also a reflection about human greed and sacrifice .

Watch out for Rutger Hauer in small episode of pilot Blane . I also have to compliment the performances of Prunella Gee , Saeed Jaffrey and Persis Khambatta . The movie is both funny and dramatic and there are some beautiful landscapes here.

I give it 6/10.


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