PG | | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Lew Wasserman, the head of MCA/Universal told Sir Richard Attenborough to 'clear his shelves of his Oscars for Ghandi , as Cry Freedom was going sweep the board at the Academy awards' and indeed, early, pre-release test screenings resulted in many ... ...
We are going to change South Africa. What we've got to decide is the best way to do that. And as angry as we have the right to be, let us remember that we are in the struggle to kill the idea that one kind of man is superior to another kind of man. ...
When the Woods family are on the beach planning their getaway (supposedly the beach close to East London, South Africa) the "sea" has vegetation growing out of it (trees, branches etc.). No filming could take place in South Africa at the time, so this scene was filmed at Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe.
Preceding the final credits is a list of other detainees who died in the custody of the South African police. Steven Biko's name appears on the list.
$318,723 (USA) (8 November 1987)
$5,899,797 (USA) (31 December 1988)