Cry Freedom

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Overview

Richard Attenborough directed this dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington), a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist. Woods and his wife Wendy (Penelope Wilton) get to know Biko, and they become friends, until Biko is brutally murdered at the hands of ...
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Overview

Richard Attenborough directed this dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington), a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist. Woods and his wife Wendy (Penelope Wilton) get to know Biko, and they become friends, until Biko is brutally murdered at the hands of government troops in 1977 for his activities against the country's repression of the black majority population. Donald is shocked and appalled by Biko's murder and determined that the truth about Biko will become known to the world; eventually, Donald and Wendy Woods and their children must leave South Africa (and nearly everything they have) as they spread the word about Biko's life and death to ensure that he did not die in vain. Washington received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Biko.
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Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Actor and director Richard Attenborough attempted to recreate the phenomenal success of his multiple Oscar-winning Gandhi (1982) with another socially conscious drama, Cry Freedom (1987). The film reunited many behind-the-scenes players from Gandhi, including the same writer, cinematographer, costume designer, and composer. Cry Freedom also mimicked the style and many of the liberal themes of Attenborough's earlier film. Despite these elements, a positive critical reception, and the fact that South African apartheid was an explosive geopolitical issue of the late eighties, Cry Freedom failed to repeat the box office triumph of Gandhi. The filmmakers' decision to make real-life white journalist Don Woods (played in the film by Kevin Kline) the main character, reducing to a supporting role the more historically important figure of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko (played by Denzel Washington), created some controversy and may have kept audiences away. Nevertheless, Washington received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Biko. The actor went on to win in the same category two years later for Glory (1989).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • UPC: 025192051623
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,049

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline Donald Woods
Penelope Wilton Wendy Woods
Denzel Washington Stephen Biko
Kevin McNally Ken
Timothy West Capt. de Wet
Juanita Waterman Juanita/Ntsiki Biko
John Hargreaves Bruce
Alec McCowen Acting High Commissioner
Zakes Mokae Father Kani
Ian Richardson State Prosecutor
Josette Simon Dr. Ramphele
Miles Anderson Lemick
Tommy Buson Tami
Jim Findley Peter Jones
Kate Hardie Jane Woods
Alton Kumalo Speaker
Louis Mahoney Lesotho Government Official
Mawa Makondo Jason
Joseph Marcell Moses
Sophie Mgcina Evalina
John Paul Wendy's Stepfather
Wabei Slyolwe Tenjy
Gwen Watford Wendy's Mother
Andrew McCulloch Policeman Nel
Graham Fletcher-Cook Nel's Partner
Tony Vogel Roadblock Policeman
James Aubrey Passport Control Officer
Judy Cornwell Receptionist
Nick Tate Ritchie
Shelley Borkum Woods's Receptionist
Niven Boyd Roadblock Policeman
Philip Bretherton Maj. Boshoff
Peter Cartwright Senior Police Officer
Peter Cary White Frontier Policeman
Carlton Chance Rugby Player
Carl Chase Policeman
Basil Chidyamathamba Brother-in-Law
Ruth Chinamando Mother
James Young von Coine
Michael Graham Cox Passport Control Officer
Dudley Dickin Nationalist Party Delegate
Karen Drury Young Secretary
Angela Gavaza Shebeen Queen's Niece
Julian Glover Don Card
Hepburn Graham Soga
Patricia Gumede Shebeen Queen
David Guwaza Prisoner
Garick Hagon McElrea
Kalie Hanekom Magistrate Prins
John Hartley Passport Control Officer
David Henry Afrikaner Farmer
Paul Hertzberg Beukes
Christopher Hurst Roadblock Policeman
Russell Keith Hurst Security Guard
Paul Jerricho Sgt. Louw
Dominic Kanaventi Black Frontier Policeman
Munyaradzi Kanaventi Samora Biko
George Lovell Nkosinathi Biko
Claude Maredza Rugby Player
William Marlowe Police Captain at Soweto
Peggy Marsh "Helen Suzman"
Walter Matemavi Nephew
Sam Mathambo Lesotho Passport Officer
Kimpton Mativenga Black Security Policeman
John Matshikiza Mapetla
Tichatonga Mazhindu Dilima
Robert McNamara Security Policeman
Neil McPherson Lemick's Assistant
Nocebo Miambo Aunt
Hilary Minster Passport Control Officer
Clement Muchachi Father
Walter Muparutsa Lesotho Businessman
Glen Murphy Security Guard
Marcy Mushore Niece
Star Ncube Prisoner
Albert Ndinda Alec
Robert Phillips Speaker at Funeral
Marilyn Poole Acting High Commissioner's Wife
William Morgan Sheppard Policeman
Simon Shumba Young Lesotho Official
Gerald Sim Police Doctor
Lawrence Simnbrashe Informer
Xoliswa Sithole Nurse at Clinic
Hans Sittig Security Policeman
Gwyneth Strong Girl at Funeral
Graeme Taylor Dillon Woods
Fishoo Tembo Biko's Brother
John Thaw Kruger
David Trevena Mortician
Michael Turner Judge Boshoff
Buddy Uzzaman Mortician's Assistant
Adam Stuart Walker Duncan Woods
Hamish Stuart Walker Gavin Woods
Spring Stuart Walker Mary Woods
Andrew Whaley Sub-Editor
Gary Whelan Police Sergeant
Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director, Producer
Jonathan Bates Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Brace Stunts
John Briley Co-producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Terence A. Clegg Executive Producer, Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
George Fenton Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Susie Figgis Casting
Jonas Gwangwa Score Composer
David Harris Special Effects
Allan James Production Manager
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
John King Art Director
Gary Levy Production Manager
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
George Richardson Art Director
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Norman Spencer Co-producer, Producer
Norman Spencer Co-producer, Producer
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Lesley Walker Editor
Andrew Whaley Casting
Wendy Woods Consultant/advisor
Donald Woods Consultant/advisor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [4:45]
2. A Government Raid [:06]
3. An Honest Newsman [3:53]
4. Biko [4:13]
5. Real Black News [8:02]
6. Police Action [8:43]
7. The Intruders [8:25]
8. Captured [4:01]
9. The Martyr [4:49]
10. Threats [5:59]
11. A Banned Person [8:37]
12. The Last Straw [1:29]
13. Preparing To Go [6:31]
14. New Year's Eve [1:49]
15. Getting Across [4:16]
16. The Phone Call [6:26]
17. Welcome To Exile [2:39]
18. Epilogue/Titles [1:18]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Kevin Kline as Donald Woods
         Penelope Wilton as Wendy Woods
         Denzel Washington as Steve Biko
         Directed by Rihcard Attenborough
      Theatrical Trailer
      Universal Web Links
   Language Selection
      Spoken Language
      Caption and Subtitles
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!

    This is a true story. The story of Stephen Biko, South African nationalist who died during the struggle to end Apartheid in South Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Changing Roles

    In 1988, my sister and I had the pleasure of seeing this movie while in Africa. The movie is timeless. Fourteen years have past and I¿ve just viewed the movie again with my English class. The movie, Cry Freedom, still has a powerful impact on the hearts and minds of those that view it. The story is earth shaking, and is still a voice for the voiceless that injustice has visited. Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Movie

    We just watched this movie in school to learn more about the apartheid in South Africa and Stephen Biko. In the earlier reviews on this movie, the people said it was about African Slavery. It is not, but about the apartheid (seperation of races) in South Africa. I learned a lot while watching this movie and would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Graet movie

    learning experience....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is great!

    I watched this movie in school. No one in our class didn't know much about slavery and all. So I think it's worth to use your time to see this mive. Ps: The only bad thing about this is that you maybe could get it as homework, like me. :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good movie

    ''Cry Freedom is a great movie and should be seen by all who like to learn about slavery and how cruel blacks were treated years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cry Freedom- What a great movie

    Hello, I just want to say that this movie is very inspiring and touching. Based on true events, this movie makes me really think. I am watching this movie in school, which has turned out to be a real learning experience. The movie seems to develop and display the true meanings that blacks are equal to whites and should be treated like it. I really enjoy it.

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