Cry Freedom
Cry Freedom (1987)

A powerful drama that helped expose to the world the malfeasance of South African apartheid, Cry Freedom chronicles the fact-based friendship between an outspoken white newspaper editor and the South African pacifistic civil-rights… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 6, 1987
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Cry Freedom is a sincere and valuable movie, and despite my fundamental reservations about it, I think it probably should be seen.

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Emanuel Levy

As a biopic, anti-Apartheid chronicle, the film is mediocre, but the young Denzel Washington is excellent, rendering an Oscar-nominated performance.

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Mark Salisbury
Time Out

An implacable work of authority and compassion, Cry Freedom is political cinema at its best.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Clint Morris

One of the best films to come out of the 1980s. Simply amazing.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Biko was unflappable, logical and witty in life, and Washington conveys that solidity onscreen.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

A historical document as well as powerful, disturbing drama

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Lenny Muggsy
Great Acting, very moving story.
Jonny Crumley
Good movie based on actual events in 70's S.Africa. Set during the apartheid an unlikely friendship between a white liberal and a black activist form the… More
xGary Xx
Typically worthy and well-made biopic of Steven Biko and his death at the hands of the racist south african regime from Richard Attenborough. The first half of… More
Ian Walker
Another one of my films that will make you think, this is based on the true story of the life of Steven Biko, a black activist protesting against apartheid in… More
Dean McKenna
Extraordinary true-life story of friendship between black activist and white newspaper editor in South Africa who told against the backdrop of a turbulent but… More
Barry Lappin
Typical of its type but very powerful.

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