Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

Director: Darrell James Roodt Cast: James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Vusi Kunene
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Cry, the Beloved Country

Alan Paton's classic novel about two fathers coming to terms with personal loss and the emotional scars inflicted on South Africa during the era of apartheid was brought to the screen for a second time with this adaptation, the first major film produced in South Africa after Nelson Mandela's election ended mandatory white rule in that nation. Rev. Stephen Kumalo (James Earl Jones) is a minister from a poverty-stricken farming community who travels to Johannesburg for the first time in search of his son Absalom (Eric Miyeni), who moved to the city some time back and has gone missing. Kumalo regards the big city as a den of iniquity, and his low expectations are not betrayed; he is robbed and beaten shortly after he arrives, and when he visits his brother John (Charles S. Dutton), he discovers that Absalom has become a petty thief with a pregnant girlfriend, his sister Gertrude (Dambisa Kente) is a prostitute, and John has renounced his faith in God and advocates the violent overthrow of South Africa's white leadership. James Jarvis (Richard Harris) -- a wealthy white landowner from the same part of the country as Kumalo -- has also arrived in Johannesburg, also with sad personal business to attend to; his son, a well-liked activist for the rights of the city's black majority population, was killed during a robbery.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2011
UPC: 0096009784096
Original Release: 1995
Rating: PG-13
Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:46:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Earl Jones Father Stephen Kumalo
Richard Harris James Jarvis
Vusi Kunene Father Msimangu
Leleti Khumalo Katie
Charles S. Dutton John Kumalo
Eric Miyeni Absalom Kumalo
Dambisa Kente Gertrude
Ian Robers Reform Official
Jsepo Gugusha Gertrude's Child
Greg Latter Prosecutor
Ian Roberts Evans
Robert Whitehead Carmichael

Technical Credits
Darrell James Roodt Director
David Barkham Production Designer
John Barry Score Composer
Ray Filipo Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Gilpin Cinematographer
Ronald Harweed Screenwriter
Ronald Harwood Screenwriter
David Heitner Editor
Graham Hichson Asst. Director
Sudhir Pragjee Producer
Anant Singh Producer
Sanjeev Singh Producer
Richard Sprawson Sound/Sound Designer
Helena Spring Associate Producer
Harry Alan Towers Executive Producer
Marina VanTonder Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Letter [6:45]
2. Across The Country [5:31]
3. Johannesburg [6:57]
4. CEO Forgive Us [3:41]
5. Justice and Dignity [5:06]
6. Terrible News [5:07]
7. A Long Walk [6:36]
8. Scattered Whereabouts [5:16]
9. The Inheritor of Fear [7:53]
10. My Son [3:27]
11. A Son's Tribute [5:52]
12. I Cry Too Easly [2:09]
13. Not Guilty! [:48]
14. The Heaviest Burden [4:10]
15. Stay Well, My Son [8:38]
16. Firends Of Friends [5:30]
17. Home Again [3:49]
18. The Fifteenth Day [7:29]
19. End Credits [6:11]

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is most definitely one of the best book to screen adaptations I have ever seen. Everytime I watch this film I cry. It captures the spirit of Africa and portrays what went on and in some ways still goes on in South Africa. N'kosi sikele Afrika!