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The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)

A Black anti-apartheid activist and a British engineer are forced to run from South African secret police.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Rod Amateau (screenplay), Harold Nebenzal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Shack Twala
Michael Caine ... Jim Keogh
Nicol Williamson ... Major Horn
Prunella Gee ... Rina Van Niekirk
Saeed Jaffrey ... Anil Mukerjee
Persis Khambatta ... Persis Ray
Rijk de Gooyer Rijk de Gooyer ... Van Heerden (as Ryk De Gooyer)
Rutger Hauer ... Blane Van Niekirk
Patrick Allen ... District Commissioner
Joe De Graft Joe De Graft ... Wilby Xaba
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ... Gordon
Abdulla Sunado Abdulla Sunado ... Village Headman
Helmut Dantine ... Prosecuting Counsel
Peter Pearce Peter Pearce ... Highway Policeman
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Storyline

Having spent 10 years in prison for nationalist activities, Shack Twala is finally ordered released by the South African Supreme Court but he finds himself almost immediately on the run after a run-in with the police. Assisted by his lawyer Rina Van Niekirk and visiting British engineer Jim Keogh, he heads for Capetown where he hopes to recover a stash of diamonds, meant to finance revolutionary activities, that he had entrusted to a dentist before his incarceration. Along the way, they are followed by Major Horn of the South African State security bureau and it becomes apparent that he has no intention of arresting them until they reach their final destination Written by garykmcd

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Adventure across 900 miles of escape and survival. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Wilby-Verschwörung See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sidney Poitier and Sir Michael Caine were almost seriously injured during principal photography of a chase scene, when a fifty pound camera flew in between them, into the front seat of a Jeep, that Poitier was driving fast. Michael Caine later commented: "It went like a massive bullet, and if it had hit either of us, our head would have been crushed to pulp. Sidney and I took several days to get over the shock of our near deaths, and this incident brought us both down to Earth, with rather more than a bump." See more »

Goofs

While hiding the car in a village on the way to Johannesburg, Twali speaks Swahili with the villagers. Swahili is only spoken in East and Central Africa, for example in Kenya, the location of the shooting, but not in South Africa. See more »

Quotes

Jim Keogh: The police sure are busy tonight.
Shack Twala: In a police state, the police are always busy.
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Soundtracks

Geliefde Man
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Jeremy Taylor
Sung by Dean Hart Should be: Sung by Jean Hart
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Fast paced action mystery thriller with Poitier and Caine
20 December 1998 | by honestySee all my reviews

This is definitely a sleeper. Not much is said about this film and yet it is one of my favorite movies starring Michael Caine. Sidney Poitier is on the lam with his new non-friend Caine who by mutual agreement have to escape. Prunella Gee plays the glue that for a while gets and keeps them together. The movie moves along quickly from cricis to crisis ending in a complete surprise. You are going to like this although there are some slow sections.


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