Cry Freedom (1987)
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.
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Critic Reviews for Cry Freedom
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.
An implacable work of authority and compassion, Cry Freedom is political cinema at its best.
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.
Cry Freedom is a sincere and valuable movie, and despite my fundamental reservations about it, I think it probably should be seen.
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.
Biko was unflappable, logical and witty in life, and Washington conveys that solidity onscreen.
As a biopic, anti-Apartheid chronicle, the film is mediocre, but the young Denzel Washington is excellent, rendering an Oscar-nominated performance.
One of the best films to come out of the 1980s. Simply amazing.
A historical document as well as powerful, disturbing drama
Sincere and movie - but not enough Denzel.
Often harrowing and naturalistic but ultimately self-important in its indictment of police-state politics.
One of the best films of 1987 with its searing condemnation of racism and violence in South Africa.
a Hollywood whitewashing of a potentially explosive story
Audience Reviews for Cry Freedom
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.More
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.More
Good movie based on actual events in 70's S.Africa. Set during the apartheid an unlikely friendship between a white liberal and a black activist form the basis of the story. Kline and Washington are on top form, but it has a TV movie feel from beginning to end. I usually don't watch this genre of movie, as the depress the shit out of me, but one of my students was studying the book for his literature class so I thought I'd cut a few corners. Cry Freedom is a worthwhile watch, but you will be shocked by the level of cruelty done by the S, African government at that time.More
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