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A Place for Weeping (1986)

Place of Weeping (original title)
PG | | Drama | 5 December 1986 (USA)
South Africa has a conflicted past, a beautiful landscape, and Africa's strongest economic engine. The multiple ethnic groups give the country vitality and instability. View the multicultural cities, and the striking rural environments.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Whyle ...
Philip Seago (as James Whylie)
Gcina Mhlophe ...
Gracie (as Gcina Mhlope)
Charles Comyn ...
Tokkie van Rensburg
Norman Coombes ...
Father Eagen
Michelle du Toit ...
Maria van Rensburg
Kerneels Coertzen ...
Public Prosecutor
Patrick Shai ...
Lucky
Ramalao Makhene ...
Themba (as Ramolao Makhene)
Siphiwe Khumalo ...
Joseph
Doreen Mazibuko ...
Young Girl
Thoko Ntshinga ...
Joseph's Widow
Elaine Proctor ...
Journalist
Ian Steadman ...
Dave, Editor
Marcel van Heerden ...
Cafe Owner
Arms Seutcoau ...
Faction Fighter
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South Africa has a conflicted past, a beautiful landscape, and Africa's strongest economic engine. The multiple ethnic groups give the country vitality and instability. View the multicultural cities, and the striking rural environments.

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The first anti-apartheid motion picture to be made entirely in South Africa. See more »

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Crude but effective
17 June 2007 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

When Joseph, a Zulu farmhand desperate to feed his family, turns up dead after trying to steal a chicken from his extremely nasty Afrikaaner boss, the murder is swept under the carpet by the local authorities. Joseph's friends and co-workers are initially too cowed to fight the power, but with the help of a bold woman named Gracie, reluctant Anglo journalist Philip Seeger, and the pastor who runs the local mission, they decide to try to bring the villain to justice. A Place of Weeping is a well made but not terribly well acted drama that is, nevertheless, far superior to most South African films of the period, which tended to be either tourist board paeans to the beauties of the land or ham-fisted action flicks about wicked commies and their ANC puppets. Director Darrell Roodt went on to earn acclaim for his adaptation of Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country.


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