Having spent ten years in prison for nationalist activities, Shack Twala (Sidney Poitier) 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 (Prunella Gee) and visiting British engineer Jim Keogh (Sir Michael Caine), 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 (Nicol Williamson) of the South African State Security Bureau, and it becomes apparent that he has no intention of arresting them until they reach their destination.
In the fight for freedom, you have to break all the rules.
See more »
Did You Know?
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
Well, well... My government will have me out of here in six weeks. It's called prisoner exchange. And I will be back.
You know? I really believe you will.
Oh I will.
[Keogh shoots him in the head
Now you understand.
References Aamne - Saamne
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Jeremy Taylor
Sung by Dean Hart
Should be: Sung by Jean Hart See more