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
Adventure across 900 miles of escape and survival.
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Did You Know?
Sir Michael Caine
once said of this film, that it was his "first foray into that very risky realm of 'message' pictures." See more
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.
All the Wishing in the World
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Diane Solomon See more