Having spent ten 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 destination.
Adventure across 900 miles of escape and survival.
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The movie, set in South Africa, often refers to "Kaffirs". A "Kaffir", according to Wikipedia, "...was used in the former South Africa to refer to a black person. Now an offensive ethnic slur, it was previously a neutral term for black southern Africans. The word is derived from the Arabic term Kafir, which means 'disbeliever' or literally, 'one who conceals (the truth)' . . . In South Africa today, the term is regarded as highly racially offensive, in the same way as "nigger" is in other countries. It is seldom used as an isolated insult, but rather is used systematically, by openly racist individuals, when talking about black people, and as such was very common in the Apartheid era. Use of the word has been actionable in South African courts since at least 1976 under the offense of crimen injuria: "the unlawful, intentional, and serious violation of the dignity of another"." The use of the word was a significant plot point, in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). 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
Rina, I think I'm gonna need a lawyer.
Music by Stanley Myers
Lyrics by Jeremy Taylor
Sung by Dean Hart
Should be: Sung by Jean Hart See more