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Cry Freedom
- Denzel Washington

Overview - This is the retelling of the life of South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko as seen through the eyes of his friend, liberal white newspaper editor Donald Woods. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Supporting Actor--Denzel Washington.  Read more...

 
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Overview

This is the retelling of the life of South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko as seen through the eyes of his friend, liberal white newspaper editor Donald Woods. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Supporting Actor--Denzel Washington.

Cast List

Denzel Washington - American actor, GLORY/TRAINING DAY
Kevin Kline - Actor, SOPHIE'S CHOICE
Richard Attenborough - Oscar-winning director/producer/actor
Sir Richard Attenborough - Oscar-winning director/producer/actor
Kevin McNally - Star, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (2006)
Kevin R. McNally - Star, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (2006)
Penelope Wilton - British film & television actress, SHAUN OF THE DEAD

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 157
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192051623
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2003

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Politics
Race Relations
Tear Jerker
True Story
Injustice
Social Issues
Tragedy
Black Heritage
Recommended
Theatrical Release

 
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Synopsis:
An epic drama based on the true story of newspaper editor Donald Woods' investigation into the murder of nationalist leader Steven Biko. Mistrustful of each other at first, but joined in their common desire to end apartheid, the black activist and the white liberal overcome their differences to become friends. When Biko is killed by the South African police, Woods demands justice and, as a result, finds himself and his family brutally persecuted by the South African government.

Notes:
Color by Rank; Shot in Panavision on location in Zimbabwe. Additional cast: Sophie Mgcina (Evalina) and Kevin McNally (Ken). Steve Biko, a South African political activist, died in police custody after being beaten; South African authorities tried to cover up the circumstances of his death, insisting at first that he had starved himself, and then claiming that he had deliberately injured himself. These assertions were later disproved. Biko was only 30 years old when he died.

Reviews:
"...Impressive....Particularly effective is the integration of cinematography on stunning locations in Zimbabwe and the powerful soundtrack of indigenous music..." - 11/04/1987 Variety

 
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