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Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a ... See full summary »

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

Alan Paton (novel), Alan Paton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Canada Lee ... Reverend Stephen Kumalo
Charles Carson ... James Jarvis
Sidney Poitier ... Reverend Msimangu
Joyce Carey ... Margaret Jarvis
Geoffrey Keen ... Father Vincent
Vivien Clinton Vivien Clinton ... Mary
Michael Goodliffe ... Martens
Albertina Temba Albertina Temba ... Mrs. Kumalo
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... John Kumalo
Lionel Ngakane Lionel Ngakane ... Absolom Kumalo
Charles McRae Charles McRae ... Sibeko
Bruce Meredith Smith Bruce Meredith Smith ... Captain Jaarsveldt
Bruce Anderson Bruce Anderson ... Frank Smith
Ribbon Dhlamini Ribbon Dhlamini ... Gertrude
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Storyline

In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a criminal. Reverend Misimangu (Sidney Poitier) is a young South African clergyman who helps find his missing son-turned-thief and sister-turned-prostitute in the slums of Johannesburg. Written by alfiehitchie

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africa | based on novel | See All (2) »

Taglines:

"I Killed Him Because I Was Afraid" See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

African Fury See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At about eighteen minutes into the movie, the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (a.k.a. Wemoweh and Mbube) is sung behind the dialogue. Its use is possibly the earliest mass release version ever of the song, predating The Weaver's release of Wemoweh by at least a year. See more »

Connections

Remade as Lost in the Stars (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, 'Pathetique': II. Adagio cantabile
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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disappointing
26 October 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

When I was growing up this movie was the paradigm of the social cause film, but I had never gotten to see it until American Movie Classics ran it recently. I was disappointed. The first third of the movie was hard to follow, and the movie in general seemed disjointed (not helped by awkward cutting). The dialogue was hard to understand at times. The story itself I did not find particularly gripping or emotionally involving, and as an indictment of apartheid in particular and racial tolerance in general it was not particularly hard-hitting. The acting was nothing to write home about, either. A big disappointment.


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