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The Biko Inquest (1984)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History  |  1 November 1984 (UK)
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Based on the official transcripts of the investigation that followed after the very suspicious notorious death in prison of one of the most important leading men of the South African anti-apartheid movement, Steven Biko.

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Credited cast:
Michael Aldridge ...
Dr. Tuckern chief district surgeon
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Colonel Goosen, head of security police
Mark Dignam ...
Martinus Prins, magistrate
Alan Field ...
Kentridge's assistant
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Sidney Kentridge, for Biko family
Paul Fryer ...
assistant to Rensburg
Len Gilbey ...
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Stafford Gordon ...
Major Snyman, interrogation team
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Professor Loubser, state pathologist
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Professor Proctor,pathologist
Betty Bod Hlela ...
Steve Biko's widow
Paul Howlett ...
Clerk of the court
Mark Jefferis ...
Assistant to Kentridge
Paul Jerricho ...
Lieutenant Wilken (as Paul Jerrico)
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Dr. Hersch, consultant
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Based on the official transcripts of the investigation that followed after the very suspicious notorious death in prison of one of the most important leading men of the South African anti-apartheid movement, Steven Biko.

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Powerful and revealing
1 April 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a televised play/film based on the real transcripts of the inquest following the death of anti-apartheid South-African leader Steven Biko.Even for that reason only, it is a highly interesting piece, however,its value is enhanced by the powerful script and dialogue as well as the strong performances by the cast.Albert Finney directed this, his second (and last, up to now at least) directorial attempt after the scandalously underrated ''Charlie Bubbles'' in 1968.His job is a rather discreet one,as he lets the documents and the power of both truth and deception speak for themselves and, to those familiar with the real events, it will seem as an honest piece of work, without propagandistic sentimentalities. Richard Attenborough's film ''Cry freedom'', which shortly followed Finney's, narrates the events that led to Biko's arrest and subsequent death, it however takes many poetic licenses, a case not to be found in this one.It is powerful, at times shocking and I can only lament the fact that Finney has never seriously moved to the directorial seat before or since that.


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