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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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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 ... 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 ... Gordon
Abdulla Sunado Abdulla Sunado ... Village Headman
Helmut Dantine ... Prosecuting Counsel
Peter Pearce Peter Pearce ... Highway Policeman
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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. Written by garykmcd

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In the fight for freedom, you have to break all the rules. See more »


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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Archie Duncan (Gordon). 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

[last lines]
Jim Keogh: Rina, I think I'm gonna need a lawyer.
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Connections

References Aao Pyaar Karen (1964) See more »

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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good chase film
8 February 2011 | by kvancliefSee all my reviews

This is a real gem of a chase thriller.I think this film isn't well known.Oscar winners Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier are well matched together.Nicol Williamson is quite a scene stealer and a wonderful actor.Available from MGM.and also stars Persis Khambatta from "Star Trek original movie" and Rutger Hauer,known for "Blade Runner". This film reminded me of the film "Defiant Ones" 1958.Pairing Tony Curtis and Poitier together. Sidney Poitier won Oscar for Lillies in the field 1963. Michael Caine won supporting actor for Cider House Rules 1999. So watch this movie and see if you agree with me that it is a gem! If you liked this film you might watch Shoot to Kill 1988.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wilby Conspiracy See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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