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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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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) »

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Filmed in Africa...Where It Was Lived! 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 »

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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

Featured in In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid (1993) 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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A great film of South Africa
21 February 1999 | by druceSee all my reviews

A powerful, deep, and complex story of an interracial crime in 1940s Johannesburg. As in The Grapes Of Wrath, the spotlight is on the human struggle and heartbreak of a racially divided society instead of the inevitable political and moral overtones, and the result is the story of a generation.


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