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Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 15 December 1995 (USA)
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A South African preacher goes to search for his wayward son, who has committed a crime in the big city.

Director:

Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)

Writers:

Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Alan Paton (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... Rev. Stephen Kumalo
Richard Harris ... James Jarvis
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ... Theophilus Msimangu
Charles S. Dutton ... John Kumalo
Tsholofelo Wechoemang Tsholofelo Wechoemang ... Child
Dolly Rathebe Dolly Rathebe ... Mrs. Kumalo
Ramolao Makhene Ramolao Makhene ... Mpanza
Jack Robinson Jack Robinson ... Ian Jarvis
Jennifer Steyn Jennifer Steyn ... Mary Jarvis
Patrick Ndlovu Patrick Ndlovu ... Man 1
Darlington Michaels Darlington Michaels ... Man 2
King Twala King Twala ... Man 3
Somizi Mhlongo Somizi Mhlongo ... Young Thief
Sam Ngakane Sam Ngakane ... Mafolo
John Whiteley John Whiteley ... Father Vincent
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Storyline

South African church minister Steven Kumalo is summoned from his village to Johannesburg. There he finds that his son Absolom has been jailed in connection with a robbery in which a white man was killed. The father of the white man, James Jarvis, is a supporter of apartheid, the separation of the races which is the law of South Africa. When they encounter each other, both Kumalo and Jarvis come to unexpected realizations not only about their sons, but about the nature of their own humanity. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Divided by injustice. Two men unite.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Llanto por la tierra amada See more »

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Gross USA:

$676,525
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Dolby SR | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first feature film shot on-location in post-Apartheid South Africa, after Nelson Mandela was elected President in 1994. Composer John Barry dedicated the score to Mandela in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

James Jarvis: Go well, umfundisi.
Rev Stephen Kumalo: Stay well, umsana.
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Version of Cry, the Beloved Country (1951) See more »

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Exile
Music by Enya
Lyrics by Roma Ryan
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11 October 1998 | by kashmirSee all my reviews

As a Student taking my English proficiency exams I was obliged to read the novel by Alan Paton. As an African born every title related to this land appeals to me. The film is a good translation of the book, nevertheless I liked the book more than the film. James Earl Jones was a good choice to play Rev. Stephen Kumalo an in the whole it matched my imagery of the novel and the apartheid policy in South Africa. The center of the drama is very well transcript to the screen:The holy black man´s son who kills the mighty white man´s son,in the sinful city far away from the origins in the peacefull countryside where the black people, however already threatened by the apartheid brought from the urban centers, are still respected and free to have their ownn choices and ideals.


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