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The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)





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The Wilby Conspiracy is set in South Africa, at a time when Apartheid was the order of the day. Political activist Shack Twala (Sidney Poitier) finds an unlikely -- and reluctant -- ally in the form of the British Keogh (Michael Caine). Both Twala and Keogh are scrutinized by racist police official Horn (Nicol Williamson), who hopes that they'll lead him to the hideout of chief activist Wilby (Joe De Graft). Based on the novel by Peter Driscoll, The Wilby Conspiracy abandons its sociological overtones early on in favor of an extended chase. The film reteams Poitier and director Ralph Nelson, who, 12 years earlier, had collaborated on Lilies of the Field.

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Sidney Poitier
as Shack Twala
Michael Caine
as Jim Keogh
Nicol Williamson
as Major Horn
Prunella Gee
as Rina Van Niekirk
Persis Khambatta
as Dr. Persis Ray
Saeed Jaffrey
as Dr. Anil Mukerjee
Ryjk De Gooyer
as Van Heerden
Rutger Hauer
as Blaine Van Niekirk
Ryk de Cosyer
as Van Heerden
Helmut Dantine
as Prosecutor
Abdullah Sunado
as Head Man in Masai Village
Freddy Achiang
as Shepherd Boy
Patrick Allen
as District commissioner
Peter Pearce
as Highway Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Wilby Conspiracy

All Critics (3)

An adventure yarn with enough odd flourishes to earn itself a cult audience

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Wilby Conspiracy


As you would expect, "The Wilby Conspiracy" is unsurprisingly lean when it comes to storytelling, but that doesn't make it any less fun. It's an adventurous caper that's set in an interesting part of the world, which makes for some spectacular scenery, and overall, it works as good, mindless entertainment. There are some entirely irrelevant sequences (such as Shack's passionate exchange with Dr. Ray), which seem to be the result of 70s film making, but "The Wilby Conspiracy" is great in its own way. Generally, I prefer to be genuinely amused by a film than blown away by its artistic merit. Oh, and Nicol Williamson is great.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

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(1975 Director: Ralph Nelson) An interesting movie which co-stars Sidney Potier and Michael Caine and an all-star cast. Aoartheid? S Africa? Hmmm... perhaps a little idealistic though I would actually say the cliche stereotypical characters offered quite a bit of satire throughout.

Teresa S
Teresa S

Super Reviewer


Entertaining for reasons mostly good and some bad, The Wilby conspiracy features bad guys who are among the most racist, inept, and bizarrely inscrutable that have ever stymied me in an attempt to analyze them. Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine are both excellent despite uneven elements of comedy, action, and political drama, as well as a surprisingly "violence solves everything" kind of motif. The leads make the movie fun and compelling even when the writing tries to make everything awkward. The final scenes comprise one of the bluntest examples of symbolism involving a helicopter I've ever seen.

Juan Juan
Juan Juan

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