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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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(screenplay), (novel)
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Vusi Kunene ...
Theophilus Msimangu
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John Kumalo
Tsholofelo Wechoemang ...
Child
Dolly Rathebe ...
Mrs. Kumalo
Ramalao Makhene ...
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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 ...
Young Thief
Sam Ngakane ...
Mafolo
John Whiteley ...
Father Vincent
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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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15 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Llanto por la tierra amada  »

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$676,525 (USA)
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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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Robert Ndela: Sir... to my knowledge, your son never said... he believed in something, unless he believed it.
James Jarvis: I would like nothing better... than to understand my boy.
Robert Ndela: He's the only man I've ever met, black or white, who saw me for what I am. What I really am.
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Mercy for The Preacher's Son
19 March 2006 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I read the Alan Paton book upon which this film is based. Paton was banned in his own country and officially silenced but the book was universally popular throughout the 1960s.

James Earl Jones once again renders a bravura performance as the African minister whose son has accidentally killed a white man. One can feel his grief and his burden as he tries to straighten the mess out. His son has confessed but others involved have denied knowledge of the offense.

Richard Harris plays an equally difficult role that of Mr Jarvis the white boy's father. One feels his grief and pain especially when he finds to his surprise that his son had disowned "baaskap," the over-lordship of the white race, something accepted as a given by most whites without a second thought just as the white housewife perfunctorily dismissed the black cleric in priestly garb as if he were a pesty door to door salesman.

Will mercy be extended to the preacher's son who accidentally pulled the trigger and cooperated with authorities or will he suffer the ultimate penalty while accomplices go free? Yet for all the misery the movie, surprisingly without excessive preaching, ends on a flicker of hope for the future.


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