Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

Cry, the Beloved Country


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Movie Info

Two disparate South African fathers embark upon parallel journeys to Johannesburg to learn the fate of their estranged sons. As the film follows James Jarvis and Father Stephen Kumalo's separate trips to the big city, it is slowly revealed that Kumalo's son killed Jarvis' son during a botched burglary.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ronald Harwood, Ronald Harweed
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On DVD: Jul 1, 2003


as James Jarvis

as Rev. Stephen Kumalo

as Rev. Theophilus Msim...

as John Kumalo

as Evans

as Gertrude Kumalo

as Absalom Kumalo

as Reform Official

as Mrs. Kumalo

as Gertrude's Child

as Prosecutor

as Matthew Kumalo

as Mrs. Jarvis

as Carmichael

as Ian Jarvis

as Mary Jarvis

as Captain van Jaarsvel...

as Mrs. Mkize

as Glyn Henderson

as Barbara Henderson

as Father Vincent

as Mrs. Lithebe

as Tomlinson

as Carmichael

as Robert Ndela

as Johannes Pafuri

as Shebeen Queen

as Hlabeni--Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Cry, the Beloved Country

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

Especially heart-rending thanks to superb performances by James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Cry, the Beloved Country


Decent movie. A little slow....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

We had to watch this movie in one of my classes, it's another story about apartheid. So, if you're interested in the subject, it's not that bad. If you're just looking for a drama or an enjoyable film, you may be disappointed. Overall, this movie is just okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Not a bad drama. James Earl Jones and Richard Harris, as expected, are great. John Barry delivers yet another beautiful score, reminiscent of "Out of Africa"; a remake of a 1951 film.

Jeff B

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