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(1987)

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Often shown in two 80-minute parts, allowing for a convenient intermission in cinemas and for the two parts to be shown, for example, a week apart on television.
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According to Richard Attenborough, a number of cast members are South African exiles
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The filmmakers intended to shoot in South Africa as early as October 1986 with permission from select prominent figures including Oliver Tambo and Winnie Mandela. After interviewing Mandela, the chief production crew was tailed around by the S.A gestapo all the time and was forced to leave South Africa. Also, the SABC at that time deliberately misinterpreted Richard Attenborough's decision of shooting the film in October and instead broadcast the news of him starting a revolution sponsored by Russia.
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This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).
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Denzel Washington was cast for the role of Biko after Richard Attenborough saw him in an episode of St. Elsewhere (1982).
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A 1960 Chevrolet was seen where Woods was making his way to the Lesotho border.
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