Cry Freedom

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Donald Woods (Kline), editor of the Daily Dispatch, following the publication of a critical article on black activist Steve Biko (Washington), is challenged to meet him, and is won over. After Biko's brutal murder by the South African police, Woods refuses to accept the official cause of death (hunger strike) and campaigns for a full public enquiry. Viciously persecuted along with his wife and family, he finds that flight is the only answer. The initial stages of this epic movie are somewhat stodgy, but once Attenborough achieves his momentum there's no holding him. The performances are excellent, the crowd scenes astonishing, and the climax truly nerve-wracking. An implacable work of authority and compassion, Cry Freedom is political cinema at its best.

Release details

Duration: 158 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Attenborough
Screenwriter: John Briley
Cast: Kevin Kline
Penelope Wilton
Denzel Washington
John Hargreaves
Alec McCowen
Kevin McNally
Zakes Moke
Ian Richardson
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boboman

i was forced to watch this movie in social studies and i though that it was terribly boring, and at some parts it was hard to keep my eyes open but it was educational about racism

boboman

i was forced to watch this movie in social studies and i though that it was terribly boring, and at some parts it was hard to keep my eyes open but it was educational about racism

simone

I studied this film for English this year, and found it not all that entertaining, but overall was a good movie. Even though it doesn't focus on Biko himself that much, rather Donald Woods, it is still a good view Biko to be found. Have fun watching...

simone

I studied this film for English this year, and found it not all that entertaining, but overall was a good movie. Even though it doesn't focus on Biko himself that much, rather Donald Woods, it is still a good view Biko to be found. Have fun watching...