Powerful expository film about apartheid and the men who fought it
Cry Freedom is essentially two films in one - the first is about Steve
Biko, the second is about Donald Woods. They were two men who railed
against apartheid, but did it differently, and for different reasons.
This movie is an adaptation of their lives during this time, and of
their personal relationship. But it also shows the nature of racial
policy, and how governments that implement it are forced to become
repressive, violent and secretive.
Denzel Washington's performance as Biko as outstanding. When given such
an important role to play, I'm sure many actors feel the urge to
overplay or over-emphasise both the personality of the character, and
their importance to the movement they were involved in. Washington
makes no such mistakes: his Biko is calm, focused and rational, while
remaining positive. The courtroom scene, when Biko engages in something
of a debate with the judge, an apologist for apartheid, is great
viewing. "Why do you even call yourself black," asks the judge, "when
you're more brown than black?" Biko responds: "Why do you call yourself
white - you're more pink than white." These scenes underpin the
importance of Biko as a speaker and a wordsmith - something of an
African Thomas Jefferson - and Denzel Washington portrays this well.
Kevin Kline's effort as the journalist Woods is credible and
interesting. He supports apartheid at first, buying the line about
racial and cultural integrity, but after a meeting with Biko his own
liberal ideas eventually win out. Woods becomes a pariah in his own
society: harassed, arrested, confined to his home, and even a victim of
terrorism when his daughter is sent an acid-covered shirt. Kline is a
little wooden at times but generally conveys well the sense of
confusion and disappointment in his own people that the real Donald
Woods must have felt.
There are poignant moments in the film, sad moments, happy joyous
moments, and even a few comical ones. It's a competent representation
of both an immoral system of government, and how good men worked to
show its inadequacies and destroy it forever..
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Dezenzel washington plays an excellent perfomance as Biko.
Denzel as Biko, amazing job.
Denzels perfoms an amazing acti.
Denzel as Biko what a wonderful movie.
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this is one of the best movie about south africa.
Don't judge this movie so harshly!
On watching this movie as part of background research for my GCSE
History I was moved enough to search for details on it. To my horror
the user known as Howlin Wolf harshly described the movie as 'mostly 2
and a half hours of boredom punctuated by occasional flickers of
interest when Kline or Washington were given a passionate monologue to
deliver'. How can a person, after watching the story of thousands of
people in South Africa at the time some up such a excellent movie in
I have to admit, at parts of the movie I was less interested then at
others but how can the movie as a whole be described as boring? Okay,
so its a movie but not all movies are made for entertainment! Cry
Freedom is a moving movie BASED ON A TRUE STORY AND TRUE PEOPLE. What
right does Howlin Wolf have to say its boring?
If you, like Howlin Wolf, find it boring, look into the details. In an
event portrayed in the movie 700 CHILDREN are brutally shot just
because they refuse to learn 'the white man's language' of Afrikanaas.
In another event,a man is reported as dying by 'self-strangulation'?
How is it possible to call the plight of others boring?
I thoroughly recommend people who can feel empathy for others to watch
this and enjoy superb actors portray a time in history which is still
under heavy discussion..