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Cry, the Beloved Country

The movie Cry, the Beloved Country was based on the book Cry, the Beloved Country.

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Movie details for Cry, the Beloved Country

The movie was released in 1995 and directed by Darrell Roodt. Cry, the Beloved Country was produced by Miramax. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Tsholofelo Wechoemang, James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Charles S. Dutton, Dolly Rathebe, Ramalao Makhene, Jack Robinson (IV), Jennifer Steyn, Patrick Ndlovu, Darlington Michaels, King Twala, Somizi Mhlongo, Sam Ngakane, Vusi Kunene, John Whiteley, Lillian Dube, Tembsie Times, Tiny Masilio, Babes Jazz Band and Dambisa Kente.

 

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This moving 1995 adaptation of Alan Paton's celebrated novel stars James Earl Jones as a beloved, rural minister in South Africa who makes his first trip to Johannesburg in search of his son. The latter's destiny has been linked with that of a doomed, you... Read More
This moving 1995 adaptation of Alan Paton's celebrated novel stars James Earl Jones as a beloved, rural minister in South Africa who makes his first trip to Johannesburg in search of his son. The latter's destiny has been linked with that of a doomed, young white man, whose racist father (Richard Harris) is approached by Jones's character in the spirit of mutual understanding. Directed by Darrell James Roodt (Sarafina!), the film is most powerful in those scenes featuring Harris and Jones together, though early sequences grounded in the hard life and times of Jones's community are colorful and dramatic. It's impossible not to be touched by the cautious but real connection made between the principal characters and by the moral authenticity of the actors. --Tom Keogh

Book details for Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country was written by Alan Paton. The book was published in 1940 by Scribner. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

 

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Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld wi... Read More

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much."

The most famous and important novel in South Africa's history, and an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948, Alan Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law is a work of searing beauty. The eminent literary critic Lewis Gannett wrote, "We have had many novels from statesmen and reformers, almost all bad; many novels from poets, almost all thin. In Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony."

Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.