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The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Shack Twala
... Jim Keogh
... Major Horn
... Rina Van Niekirk
... Anil Mukerjee
... Persis Ray
Rijk de Gooyer ... Van Heerden (as Ryk De Gooyer)
... Blane Van Niekirk
... District Commissioner
Joe De Graft ... Wilby Xaba
Archie Duncan ... Gordon
Abdulla Sunado ... Village Headman
... Prosecuting Counsel
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 »


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February 1975 (Austria)  »

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Die Wilby-Verschwörung  »

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Trivia

The distance of the trek that was traveled by Shack and Keogh, from Cape Town to Johannesberg, was 900 miles (1,448 kilometers). See more »

Goofs

While struggling with Persis, Shack was glazed by a bullet on the right side but it miraculously healed in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

Major Horn: Mukarjee could swear by the beard of the prophet or the nails of the true cross and it wouldn't mean a thing. Because Mukarjee is a goddamned, godless, atheist Marxist. And the only thing that he holds sacred is Che Guevara's foreskin.
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References Rivaaj (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

All the Wishing in the World
(uncredited)
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Diane Solomon
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Caine and Poitier playing the dozens while on the run!
16 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

A fun politically charged, fast-paced action drama. No politically correct dialog here, as the principals give no quarter when the name calling and racial badgering ensues. A White man and a Black man are thrown together on a political twist of fate and have to overcome their mutual disdain for one another if either of them is to survive. Caine and Poitier, in my humble estimation, do a bang-up job of fulfilling the requirements of their respective roles. Neither widely known nor often mentioned, Prunella Gee does a nice job as Caine's sweetheart and Poitier's legal/political confidant, especially as it pertains to her keeping the peace between them so that they can achieve the task at hand.

What is also interesting is to see that even though Indian people and indigenous Blacks were similarly discriminated against in S. Africa (esp. during apartheid), there is still racial friction between those two groups. Not particularly earth-shattering news to many people, but a subject not often underscored in most modern cinematic fare.

If you like political melodrama with good plot development and plenty of action, you should like this one.


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