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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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Details

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

James Jarvis: Go well, umfundisi.
Rev Stephen Kumalo: Stay well, umsana.
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Vignette of Apartheid
7 April 2000 | by Aimee NatalSee all my reviews

This film brings to life the lives of a black, country priest and a white wealthy landowner in South Africa in the 1940's.

Religion, politics, faith, healing, mercy and justice- all of these themes are present, but not in an overt, overbearing patronising way.

The two men meet due to unfortunate circumstances related to the activity of their respective sons' in the city, though they have lived in the same country area all of their lives.


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