Cry Freedom details
|Starring:||Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton, Kevin McNally|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||2 hours 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Dec 2001|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Excellent film!By a customer from Winchester, England , 16 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This film portrays brutality and oppression without gratuitous violence. Moreover, it tells an interesting piece of history that might otherwise escape most of us.
There is a curious balance between justice and injustice in the apartheid regime of South Africa, and Steve Biko treads the knife edge of the law to inspire his black countrymen to respect themselves. He earns the grudging respect of a white journalist, who feels compelled to write his story.
Excellent performances from Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline.
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Read em and WeepBy Spider (15 reviews) from Ashington, England , 21 Feb 2009Well, I have wanted to see this film for a while and am a big fan of Denzel so here we are. I ended up falling asleep about half way in as it became predictable pretty quickly. An emotive subject....and I am not about to undermine that. It just didn't capture my attention.
worth a watch but datedBy a customer from London , 31 Jan 2009Richard Attenborough is good at filming big scenes with lots of people running round and some of the scenes of anti-apartheid demonstrations in this film are really stunning. Also the earlier scenes featuring steve bilko are well scripted and smoothly directed full of lots of interesting information about apartheid in south africa and the individuals portrayed in the movie. It is however the more sentimental moments particularly toward the end of the movie that make this film look really dated and left me a little disappointed. Ultimately this is worth a watch so long as you can see it for its time.
Stirring stuffBy a customer from Machynlleth , 02 Dec 2008The friendship that develops between Steve Biko, a black man [Denzel Washington], and white newspaper editor Donald Woods [Kevin Kline] during the apartheid era of the 1970s in South Africa makes compelling viewing. The fact that it is a true story and that there has been no exaggeration makes it equally compelling, and now, 30 years after the events, the story is still well worth watching as it deals with the timeless issues of friendship and political enlightenment, along with some heart-stopping moments of sadness, gladness and derring-do. It is also well acted, and consequently, a fitting tribute to both men.
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One of the best films everBy drmc (1 review) from England , 28 Jul 2008I have watched this film a number of times, and I still get moved by it. Well worth watching.
Historical Political ShameBy MedTech (15 reviews) from LITTLEHAMPTON , 26 Jun 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI thought this film was heart wrenching about the treatment that the Black South Africans suffered with Apartheit and how Denzil Washington,who did a magnificent part as Biko,spoke for the people.The cruelty also of the Police and how they brutally treated the people.If you want to see a film that shows the cruelty a country can treat some people as second class citizens with tyranny,this is for you.