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The Road to Mecca (1991)

An eldery lady, living in (litterally) the middle if nowhere, and fed up with small minded apartheid ideology starts escaping into her own world of sculpting in her own back yard and along ... See full summary »

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Peter Goldsmid (screenplay), Athol Fugard (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kathy Bates ... Elsa Barlow
Yvonne Bryceland Yvonne Bryceland ... Miss Helen
Athol Fugard ... Rev. Marius Byleveld
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Bernard Anna Bernard
Peter Bibby Peter Bibby ... Smaller Boy
Christine Dreyer Christine Dreyer
Jackie Hendriks Jackie Hendriks ... Patience
Trevor Neethling Trevor Neethling ... Bigger Boy
Soli Philander Soli Philander ... Kees
Marléne Pieterse Marléne Pieterse
Elisabeth Storm Elisabeth Storm
Betty Toby Betty Toby ... Norma
Johan van Heerden Johan van Heerden
Johann van Heerden Johann van Heerden ... Ds Gericke
Louis van Niekerk Louis van Niekerk
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An eldery lady, living in (litterally) the middle if nowhere, and fed up with small minded apartheid ideology starts escaping into her own world of sculpting in her own back yard and along with her (coloured) assistant Malgas, creates a world of wonder in the desert. A true story by playwrite Athol Fugard with great performances all round. Written by CultGuy1

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1991 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Straße nach Mekka See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Distant Horizon See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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a beautiful film version of one the greatest plays of the XX century
14 December 2006 | by pajalSee all my reviews

The movie is a beautiful film version of one the greatest plays of the XX century, by one of its greatest dramatists, with three incredible performances. Its South African location allows us to see the real house and village (New Bethesda) where the artist who is the main character of the play actually lived. And we see her art work too. Yvonne Bryceland and Kathy Bates are perfect. And Marius, of course, needed Athol Fugard himself to play in that role. The whole movie (much as the play) is a wonderful chance for Y. Bryceland to remain in the hearts of those who watch the movie (or read the play): the play was written for her by Fugard, as a great gesture of love, when she was already doomed... It was love for her and for the theater. Love and color and trust are three of its main themes... This is a really memorable movie. It is a pity that it is not redistributed in DVD or in VHS.


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