Cry Freedom (1987)

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This fact-based story chronicles the friendship of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko and an outspoken white South African newspaper editor who rejects the white government's racist policies. After Biko dies, the editor is forced to flee the country with his wife and children and take up the cause elsewhere.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Briley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 1999
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast


as Donald Woods

as Wendy Woods

as Jane Woods

as Dr. Ramphele

as Fr. Kani

as Acting High Commissi...

as State Prosecutor

as Capt. de Wet

as Peter Jones

as Peter Jones

as John Card

as Speaker

as Lesotho Government O...

as Wendy's Stepfather

as Wendy's Mother

as Ntsiki Biko

as Dillon Woods

as Duncan Woods

as Receptionist

as Sub-Editor

as Woods's Receptionist

as Shebeen Queen

as Prisoner

as Shebeen Queen's Niec...

as Security Guard

as Mortician's Assistan...

as Brother-in-Law

as Lemick's Assistant

as Nkosinathi Biko

as Policeman Nel

as Nel's Partner

as Young Secretary

as Police Doctor

as Senior Police Office...

as Police Sergeant

as Nationalist Party De...

as Mortician

as Mortician's Assistan...

as Speaker at Funeral

as Biko's Brother

as `Helen Suzman'

as Girl at Funeral

as Maj. Boshoff

as Black Security Polic...

as Afrikaner Farmer

as Judge Boshoff

as Magistrate Prins

as Sgt. Louw

as White Frontier Polic...

as Black Frontier Polic...

as Lesotho Passport Off...

as Lesotho Businessman

as Receptionist

as Young Lesotho Offici...

as McElrea

as Richie

as Acting High Commissi...

as Police Captain at So...

as Nurses at Clinic

as Nurses at Clinic

as Policeman

as Rugby Player

as Rugby Player

as Security Guard

as Security Guard

as Roadblock Policeman

as Prisoner

as Roadblock Policeman

as Passport Control Off...

as Roadblock Policeman

as Security Policeman

as Security Policeman

as Passport Control Off...

as Passport Control Off...

as Passport Control Off...

as Passport Control Off...

as McElrea

as Kruger
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Critic Reviews for Cry Freedom

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

Washington does a remarkable job of transforming himself into the articulte and mesmerizing black nationalist leader, whose refusal to keep silent led to his death in police custody and a subsequent coverup.

Full Review… | June 19, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

An implacable work of authority and compassion, Cry Freedom is political cinema at its best.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

These are fine methods for delivering a civics lesson, which to some extent is what the Attenborough approach is all about. But for a film that aspires to entertain as well as educate, they are less helpful.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Biko was unflappable, logical and witty in life, and Washington conveys that solidity onscreen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

In a country busier than Chile with oppression, violence and subjugation, the story of Woods' slow awakening is certainly not the most exciting, or revealing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Cry Freedom is a sincere and valuable movie, and despite my fundamental reservations about it, I think it probably should be seen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cry Freedom

Great Acting, very moving story.

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Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

½

Typically worthy and well-made biopic of Steven Biko and his death at the hands of the racist south african regime from Richard Attenborough. The first half of the film featuring the man himself played by Denzel in one of his best roles works better, as we get to know the man and his motives. It's harder to care about Kline's attempts to escape the country in the wake of Biko's death, but it's still fascinating stuff.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

Extraordinary true-life story of friendship between black activist and white newspaper editor in South Africa who told against the backdrop of a turbulent but beautiful land rich in everything but common humanity.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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