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Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

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A South-African preacher goes to search for his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city.

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(as Darrell James Roodt)

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Theophilus Msimangu
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John Kumalo
Tsholofelo Wechoemang ...
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Dolly Rathebe ...
Mrs. Kumalo
Ramalao Makhene ...
Mpanza (as Ramolao Makhene)
Jack Robinson ...
Ian Jarvis
Jennifer Steyn ...
Mary Jarvis
Patrick Ndlovu ...
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Darlington Michaels ...
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King Twala ...
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Somizi Mhlongo ...
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Sam Ngakane ...
Mafolo
John Whiteley ...
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South African church minister Steven Kumalo is summoned from his village to Johannesburg. There he finds that his son Absolom has been jailed in connection with a robbery in which a white man was killed. The father of the white man, James Jarvis, is a supporter of apartheid, the separation of the races which is the law of South Africa. When they encounter each other, both Kumalo and Jarvis come to unexpected realizations not only about their sons, but about the nature of their own humanity. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Divided by injustice. Two men unite.

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Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Llanto por la tierra amada  »

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The background instrumental music in the movie is the same as the theme song from the movie Zulu (1964). See more »

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James Jarvis: He was on your side, which makes what happened...
Robert Ndela: He was on no one's side, sir. Except, perhaps... yours and mine.
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Version of Cry, the Beloved Country (1951) See more »

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11 October 1998 | by (Maia -Portugal) – See all my reviews

As a Student taking my English proficiency exams I was obliged to read the novel by Alan Paton. As an African born every title related to this land appeals to me. The film is a good translation of the book, nevertheless I liked the book more than the film. James Earl Jones was a good choice to play Rev. Stephen Kumalo an in the whole it matched my imagery of the novel and the apartheid policy in South Africa. The center of the drama is very well transcript to the screen:The holy black man´s son who kills the mighty white man´s son,in the sinful city far away from the origins in the peacefull countryside where the black people, however already threatened by the apartheid brought from the urban centers, are still respected and free to have their ownn choices and ideals.


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