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The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)

Black anti-apartheid activist and British engineer are forced to run from South African secret police.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Shack Twala
... Jim Keogh
... Major Horn
... Rina Van Niekirk
... Anil Mukerjee
... Persis Ray
Rijk de Gooyer ... Van Heerden (as Ryk De Gooyer)
... Blane Van Niekirk
... District Commissioner
Joe De Graft ... Wilby Xaba
Archie Duncan ... Gordon
Abdulla Sunado ... Village Headman
... Prosecuting Counsel
Peter Pearce ... Highway Policeman
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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 »


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February 1975 (Austria)  »

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Die Wilby-Verschwörung  »

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Trivia

Movie poster artwork for this picture positioned Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine to appear as if they were hand-cuffed together, similar to Poitier and Tony Curtis in The Defiant Ones (1958). 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

Major Horn: Mukarjee could swear by the beard of the prophet or the nails of the true cross and it wouldn't mean a thing. Because Mukarjee is a goddamned, godless, atheist Marxist. And the only thing that he holds sacred is Che Guevara's foreskin.
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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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Surprisingly tasty
9 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I've seen many of the movies of this era. As remarked elsewhere, it is a fast-paced action film but has fetching little vignettes along the way that point out the characters' humanity.

Superb performances by Nicol Williamson and Michael Caine. Poitier plays his usual role to perfection. Many good supporting performances -Persis Khambatta is a revelation and there is really not a weak link in the cast. Not often remarked, this movie deserves a solid 7 out of 10. The Rutger Hauer sequence is worth the price of admission.


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