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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$670,727

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$670,727
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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

Theophilus Msimangu: But he has some truth on his side.
Rev Stephen Kumalo: "Truth"? But how can he have truth on his side and not God?
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Remake of Cry, the Beloved Country (1951) See more »

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Exile
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Lyrics by Roma Ryan
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Why the beloved country?
14 October 2004 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Apartheid was a grotesque social experiment aimed at perpetuating the evils of colonialism after the age of empires was past; white liberal Alan Paton one of its most celebrated literary critics. Darrell Roodt's film of perhaps his most famous book, Cry, the Beloved Country', stars Richard Harris and James Earl Jones (better known as the voice of Darth Vader, which leads to some unintentionally comic moments) and is not an awful film; but politically, it misses its targets. Aided by some slushy background music, it invests most of its black characters with a frankly ludicrous level of dignity; while oddly underplaying its depiction of the routine dehumanisation that black people suffered under white rule. In consequence, the film's only real anger appears directed not at the system but at Jones's brother, a nasty and opportunist anti-apartheid campaigner, which was surely not quite the original point. At the end of the film, an impassioned quote from Paton appears on the screen; it's a shame it seems so unconnected with what has preceded it.


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