Cry Freedom
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This fact-based story chronicles the friendship of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko and an outspoken white South African newspaper editor who rejects the white government's racist policies. After Biko dies, the editor is forced to flee the country with his wife and children and take up the cause elsewhere.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Washington does a remarkable job of transforming himself into the articulte and mesmerizing black nationalist leader, whose refusal to keep silent led to his death in police custody and a subsequent coverup."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Cry Freedom is a sincere and valuable movie, and despite my fundamental reservations about it, I think it probably should be seen."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As a biopic, anti-Apartheid chronicle, the film is mediocre, but the young Denzel Washington is excellent, rendering an Oscar-nominated performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sincere and movie - but not enough Denzel."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"a Hollywood whitewashing of a potentially explosive story"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"An implacable work of authority and compassion, Cry Freedom is political cinema at its best."
‑ Mark Salisbury, Time Out
"In a country busier than Chile with oppression, violence and subjugation, the story of Woods' slow awakening is certainly not the most exciting, or revealing."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"One of the best films to come out of the 1980s. Simply amazing."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Often harrowing and naturalistic but ultimately self-important in its indictment of police-state politics."
‑ Michael H. Price, Fort Worth Business Press
"These are fine methods for delivering a civics lesson, which to some extent is what the Attenborough approach is all about. But for a film that aspires to entertain as well as educate, they are less helpful."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Biko was unflappable, logical and witty in life, and Washington conveys that solidity onscreen."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A historical document as well as powerful, disturbing drama"
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"One of the best films of 1987 with its searing condemnation of racism and violence in South Africa."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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