Cry Freedom

1987, Drama/Biography, 2h 36m

25 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Set in apartheid-torn South Africa. Donald Woods is the editor of the East London Daily Express and Steve Biko is a young black leader struggling to improve life in the townships. The two form an unlikely friendship but when Biko is taken into police custody and then murdered, Woods is placed under house arrest. Fearing for his family's safety, he decides to smuggle them over the border.

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  • Sep 09, 2011
    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.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2010
    Another one of my films that will make you think, this is based on the true story of the life of Steven Biko, a black activist protesting against apartheid in South Africa and how one white man risked his life to tell the world of the atrocities that were taking place between black and white people. This has superb acting and a great cast and it iis a very moving story which inspired the song 'Biko' from Peter Gabriel and I definitely recommend it.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2008
    Great Acting, very moving story.
    Lenny M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2007
    Typical of its type but very powerful.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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