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Darrell Roodt

Cry, the Beloved Country

Edition 1996
106' - 1995 - Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: English
Director: Darrell Roodt Composer: John Barry With: Richard Harris, James Earl Jones, Vusi Kunene
1946, South Africa. The imposition of apartheid is still two years away, and yet the prejudice and petty injustices are already well-developed. The ageing Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo works in a rural parish in Natal, among a wonderfully mountainous landscape and dirt poor people. James Jarvis, a staunchy right-wing white landowner, farms nearby, the fruitful land giving him a prosperous living. In Johannesburg, Absolom, Kumalo's son, has been involved in a bungled robbery resulting in the murder of a white man, a famous campaigner for black rights. Jarvis is devastated to learn that it is his son who is the victim.

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Darrell Roodt


John Barry


Richard Harris, James Earl Jones, Vusi Kunene


Ronald Harwood

Director of Photography

Paul Gilpin


David Heitner


Anant Singh

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Countries of production

South Africa

Screenplay based on

"Cry, the beloved country" (Alan Paton)



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