Cry Freedom (1987)

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157 min.
Plot  Following a news story depicting the demolition of a slum in East London, South Africa, journalist Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) seeking more information about the incident, ventures off to meet black activist Steve Biko (Denzel Washington). Biko has been officially ''banned'' by the South African government and is not permitted to leave his defined banning area at King William's Town. Woods is formally against Biko's banning, but remains critical of his political views. Biko invites Woods to visit a black township to see the impoverished conditions and to witness the effect of the government-imposed restrictions, which make up the apartheid system. Woods begins to agree with Biko's desire for a South Africa where blacks have the same opportunities and freedoms as those enjoyed by the white population. As Woods comes to understand Biko's point of view, a friendship slowly develops between them.

After being arrested for speaking at a gathering of black South Africans outside of hi...
  

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Denzel Washington
Steve Biko
Kevin Kline
Donald Woods
Penelope Wilton
Wendy Woods
Timothy West
Capt. de Wet
W. Morgan Sheppard
Policeman
Alec McCowen
British Acting High Commissioner
Zakes Mokae
Father Kani
John Matshikiza
Mapetla
Ian Richardson
State Prosecutor
Gwen Watford
Wendy's Mother

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