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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 »


Zoltan Korda


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




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


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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Alan Paton's acclaimed novel was the basis for the Broadway musical, "Lost in the Stars". See more »


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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, 'Pathetique': II. Adagio cantabile
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A strong earnest story of apartheid without being preachy
21 September 2020 | by chris_hick01See all my reviews

In South Africa, some young black township boys burgle a white owned farmer's house and accidentally kill a white man. The father (Canada Lee) of one of the boy's has recently arrived back in Johannesberg and is shocked how the township has changed. The tragedy surprisingly has the effect of bringing both sides together.

An early and rare example of a film that highlighted South African apartheid in this strong racial drama. Even more surprising is that the authorities allowed the film to be shot in South Africa, but was directed by Zoltan Korda, a director that liked authenticity in his films. It is something of an earnest drama, but is nevertheless worthy without being preachy. A strong early performance for Sidney Poitier and a final film for Canada Lee in a particularly powerful performance.

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Release Date:

26 April 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

African Fury See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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