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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:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Persis Khambatta played a character with the same first name as her own. 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: Well, well... My government will have me out of here in six weeks. It's called prisoner exchange. And I will be back.
Jim Keogh: You know? I really believe you will.
Major Horn: Oh I will.
[Keogh shoots him in the head]
Shack Twala: [to Keogh] Now you understand.
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Connections

Referenced in The Toys That Made Us: Star Trek (2018) 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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Exciting and interesting road movie with nice interpretations throughout , especially from Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier
25 August 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Black anti-apartheid activist , a "Kaffir" (in South Africa , the term is regarded as highly racially offensive) from African National Congress ("Black Congress") , called Shack Twala (Sidney Poitier) and an Englishman named Jim Keogh (Michael Caine) on the wrong side of the law are forced to run from South African secret police . As they escape from Cape Town to Johannesburg , across 900 miles or 1,448 kilometers . They team up to getaway the clutches of a prejudiced law agent (Nicol Williamson) , a violent cop and other underlings in Apartheid Africa . Meanwhile they pursue some smuggled diamonds along the veld and are themselves relentlessly pursued by the AfriKaner Police . The film's closing credits declare: "This motion picture is fictional and any resemblance to actual persons or events in South Africa is purely coincidental".

The focus of the movie is on the moving pursuit with bigotry creaming the surface , not the political uprising taking place around it , though in the course of entertaining and amusement may also make people think about racism and other thought-provoking themes . Well-done chase movie that contains thrills , emotion , interracial screwing , crossfire , profound racial issues are overseen and action as well as thriller is maintained throughout . The flick is more an action movie than a racism yarn , it is about man's humanity to man . Based on a story by Peter Driscoll and released three years after its source novel that first published in 1972 and screen-written by Rod Amateu who provides an agreeable script . The film is pretty well , but some moments results to be unpleasant , extremely violent , and invidious . Over-the-range performances from Sidney Poitier as the hand-cuffed African and Michael Caine as a British engineer who is served with some amusing deadpan sentences . Support cast is frankly good , as Prunella Gee , Saeed Jaffrey , Persis Khambatta , Rutger Hauer , Patrick Allen and shinning Nicol Williamson as a leering security cop . Stanley Myers's musical score is characteristically cool , with an attractive initial song and plenty of Indian sounds . Colorful cinematography by John Coquillon , most of the film is set in Johannesburg and Cape Town , but due to the political sensitivity of anti-apartheid , no attempt was made to film there , in fact it was shot in Kenya and Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, England, UK .

The motion picture was compellingly made by Ralph Nelson . He has got himself a ¨South African Soldier Blue¨ . Being the third collaboration between Nelson and Poitier and final film together, after previously collaborating on Duel at Devil (1966) and The lilies of the field (1963) . Director Ralph was expert on all kinds of genres as Western : ¨Soldier Blue¨, ¨Duel at Diablo¨; Sci-Fi : ¨Embryo¨ ; Wartime : ¨Soldier in the rain¨ , ¨Father goose¨ ; and Drama : ¨Charly , ¨A hero ain't nothing' but a Sandwich¨ , ¨lady of the house¨ and his greatest hit ¨Lilies of the field¨ who had an inferior sequel titled ¨Christmas lilies of the field¨.


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