Cry Freedom (1987)

PG   |    |  Biography, Drama, History


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South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.


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1 April 2002 | redkiwi
8
| Fine all round performances
Billed as the story of Steve Biko -- played excellently by Denzel Washington, as you'd expect -- this was actually more the story of Donald Woods, played by Kevin Kline.

This was undoubtedly the making of Kline as a serious actor, and he was surprisingly good in the role.

Attenborough gave this the sort of direction you'd expect, and the often spectacular scenes of the masses were those of the sort that only he can get across.

The remainder of the cast was competent enough and did a good job, in what ends up as an ultimately sad tale of a South Africa that is still nowhere near the distant past.

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Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$318,723 8 November 1987

Gross USA:

$5,899,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,899,797

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