Cry Freedom (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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The tension and terror that is present-day South Africa is powerfully portrayed in director Richard Attenborough's sweeping story of black activist Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington) and a liberal white newspaper editor who risks his own life to bring Biko's message to the world.After learning of apartheid's true horrors through Biko's eyes, editor Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) discovers that his friend has been silenced by the police. Determined not to let Biko's message go unheard, Woods undertakes a perilous quest to escape South Africa and bring Biko's remarkable tale of courage to the world. The riveting, true story offers a stirring account of man at his most evil and most heroic.
Ce film de sir Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) relatant l'amitié entre l'activiste noir sud-africain Steven Biko et un rédacteur en chef sympathisant (Kevin Kline) ne connut qu'un succès mitigé. Le style du réalisateur est particulièrement brillant dans la première moitié du film qui traite de la vie et de l'histoire de Biko, mais une fois le leader entre les mains de la police blanche, le récit se concentre sur le personnage de Kline et sur ses efforts pour fuir le pays avec sa famille. En choisissant de faire dériver l'histoire sur le destin du journaliste, le réalisateur commet une grave erreur qui ôte au film toute sa puissance. La vie et l'oeuvre de Steven Biko méritaient bien toute la durée du film. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Not only that, but I feel that the loss of Biko midway through the film actually serves a purpose. And that purpose is, by the final half-hour, when we're privileged enough to have a few flashbacks of him, we realize what a loss he has been to the movie, and to the world. So by having him cut out of a good portion of the film, we're made to grieve his death while the movie continues to soldier forward.
Oh, and by the way, it's not like that second half is a dog, either. It's just not quite as good as the first. I mean, if this movie were cut in two (ala "Kill Bill"), we'd being saying that part one was brilliant, while part two was merely very good. And considering that the 80's were hardly a golden age for Hollywood, that ain't bad.
Now, getting back to Denzel, this is not only the best performance of his career, but possibly one of the greatest ever captured on celluloid, and I find it deeply disconcerting that he didn't win an Academy Award for this performance while he was honored for a menial role in "Training Day" (I'll post a review later explaining my opinion).Read more ›
I watched this film in an African Philosphy course in which we read some of Biko's own work and personally, I feel that the entire film is a wonderful film. It is true that the emphasis does shift to Donald Woods' escape, but the scene where he is looking down on South Africa from the airplane that then shifts to the protest/massacre of school children is both beutifally stirring (the protest) and utterly horrific (the massacre that then esues). To anyone interested in human rights or the struggles agains Apartheid that Biko helped contribute to, I would recommend this movie highly.
From the moment Cry Freedom began I was hooked. Not only does it present to you superb landscapes and two famous Hollywood actors, but it also gave you a tremendous insight into the horrors of Apartheid. This movie was a factual account of the lives of Bantu Steven Biko (the Black South African Activist who was prepared to die for his beliefs) and white South African newspaper editor Donald Woods. The movie was based on the published novel written by Woods himself which was smuggled out of South Africa to England where it could be read by the public (the books by Woods and this movie were both banned materials in South Africa). It is a sad and honest account of the frustrating way of life for a black person living under the thumb of white supremists. Hopefully others will see this numbing account and allow their eyes to be opened to the injustice continuing around the world.
This is one of my all time favourite movies. One of the most powerful stories told on the silver screen.
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Excellent movie based on the true story of Steven Beko. A must see. Denzel Washington has a very powerful part.Published 5 months ago by Rachelle Corr
What are the consequences when we suppress on type of folk because by being white we are so much superior at least in the eyes of the ruling class. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2013 by Clarence Huibers
This is a poignant telling of a chapter of the historic struggle to get rid of apartheid. Masterfully written, wonderfully acted. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2013 by Catharine Gapp-Kennedy
In some ways it's a weaker film than "Gandhi" - a lot of the tension
feels manufactured, even though the story is true. Read more
This film was recommended to me by a South African lady who said it was the best film explaining Apartheid. It gave me a better understanding and is an excellent flim.Published on April 2 2010 by Grant G. Humphreys
I suspect the details of the escape from South Africa were over-dramatized at some points. But my main point is simply this: having lived in South Africa for two years, I can... Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by P. Bartl