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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.

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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 background instrumental music in the movie is the same as the theme song from the movie Zulu (1964). 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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Mercy for The Preacher's Son
19 March 2006 | by deanofrppsSee all my reviews

It's been a long time since I read the Alan Paton book upon which this film is based. Paton was banned in his own country and officially silenced but the book was universally popular throughout the 1960s.

James Earl Jones once again renders a bravura performance as the African minister whose son has accidentally killed a white man. One can feel his grief and his burden as he tries to straighten the mess out. His son has confessed but others involved have denied knowledge of the offense.

Richard Harris plays an equally difficult role that of Mr Jarvis the white boy's father. One feels his grief and pain especially when he finds to his surprise that his son had disowned "baaskap," the over-lordship of the white race, something accepted as a given by most whites without a second thought just as the white housewife perfunctorily dismissed the black cleric in priestly garb as if he were a pesty door to door salesman.

Will mercy be extended to the preacher's son who accidentally pulled the trigger and cooperated with authorities or will he suffer the ultimate penalty while accomplices go free? Yet for all the misery the movie, surprisingly without excessive preaching, ends on a flicker of hope for the future.


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