- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 12/14/1995
"...Superb performances by James Earl Jones and Richard Harris..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Los Angeles Times - 12/15/1995
"...CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY confers a mythic, tragic dimension to South Africa's brutal past while evoking a spiritual dimension in pointing to a future of racial equality and harmony..."
This adaptation of Alan Paton's 1948 novel travels from a Zulu village to the urban sprawl of Johannesburg with a black pastor who's searching for his sister and his estranged son. A wealthy man whose son has been murdered by the pastor's now-condemned son meets with the pastor and they sow the seeds of reconciliation while commiserating over their losses. This was the first film to emanate from democratic South Africa.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Cry, The Beloved Country
Powerful and uplifting, CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY was widely hailed as one of the best films of the year! In a land torn by hatred and injustice, James Earl Jones (CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER) and Richard Harris (GLADIATOR, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO) are two fathers -- one a man of peace, the other a man of power and privelege -- whose lives seem destined for a violent collision. But instead, in the wake of a tragic killing, these extraordinary men form an unlikely union ... and together find the kind of understanding that could heal a nation! Based on the acclaimed novel, this electrifying motion picture will both entertain and inspire you!
The third film adaptation of Alan Paton's novel. Father Stephen Kumalo lives in a small South African town, detached from the Apartheid-related hardships of the larger cities. But when he receives a letter indicating that his sister is in trouble, Father Kumalo journeys to Johannesburg. Once there, his eyes are opened to the violence, poverty, and hardships that his fellow countrymen must suffer. After an arduous search, Kumalo finds his sibling and later his estranged son, only to find that both are engaged in illegal activities just to stay alive. Furthermore, Kumalo's son has killed a white man. Father Kumalo realizes that he faces an uphill battle if he is going to keep his reunited family together.
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Theatrical Release |
- Screened at the 1995 Toronto Film Festival.
- Co-produced in association with Videovision Entertainment and Investec Bank Limited.
- Released theatrically in New York City on December 15, 1995.
- The film was the first major motion picture made in the newly democratic South Africa.
- Another adaptation of the same novel, "Lost in the Stars," was released in 1974. That version contained Broadway songs by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson.