The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)





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This film is set in South Africa at a time when Apartheid was the order of the day. Political activist Shack Twala finds an unlikely ally in the form of Britisher Keogh. Both Twala and Keogh are scrutinized by racist police official Horn, who is searching for chief activist Wilby.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Seymour Nebenzal, Rod Amateau, Rodney Amateau, Harold Nebenzal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment


as Shack Twala

as Jim Keogh

as Major Horn

as Rina Van Niekirk

as Dr. Persis Ray

as Dr. Anil Mukerjee

as Van Heerden

as Blaine Van Niekirk

as Van Heerden

as Prosecutor

as Head Man in Masai Vi...

as Shepherd Boy

as District commissione...

as Gordon

as Highway Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Wilby Conspiracy

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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

| January 1, 2000

July 24, 2005

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Wilby Conspiracy


A darker performance by Sidney Poitier. A performance that requires Michael Caine to get a bit dirty. Williamson is persistent as the detective chasing these two. The other supporting roles are good. There are some surprises in this political thriller, but it is not very action packed or fast paced. This is not a culture or part of history that I am very familiar with, so I was confused at times, but I was intrigued to keep watching.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer


(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

Super Reviewer

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