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  • Summary: In a land torn by hatred and injustice, two fathers -- one a man of peace, the other a man of power and privilege -- 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. (BV Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Not every moment of the film is as potent as the book (which is noted for passages of passion and impassioned eloquence), but Cry, the Beloved Country overcomes its own limitations to become a glorious tribute to the workings of a faith that does not blind but opens up the human spirit.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    James Earl Jones and Richard Harris both gave heartbreaking, virtuoso performances as fathers who find a special bond in this subtle, flawlessly acted, immensely powerful new film version of Alan Paton's classic novel of South Africa. [29 Dec 1995, p. 3]
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    There is not a false note in Cry, the Beloved Country. Every scene is an example of near-perfect composition and execution.
  4. Directed by Darrell Roodt from a screenplay by Ron Harwood, this has a strong sense of dignity about its characters, and Jones and Harris are both effective. Whether it deserves to replace the Korda version is another matter.
  5. Fortunately, in image and structure Roodt and Harwood go for a steadfast simplicity that builds to a beautiful moment of rekindled faith for the grieving Rev. Kumalo that lifts Cry, the Beloved Country to a climactic moment of redemption.
  6. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    A richly realized piece of Masterpiece Literature, director Darrell James Roodt's Cry, the Beloved Country has an admirable high polish. But more effort could have been made to address its underlying message and provide an emotional punch to equal the book's resonance.
  7. Reviewed by: Lawrence O’Toole
    Alan Paton's seminal novel of apartheid in 1940s South Africa receives a sanitized and overly sentimental treatment, trivializing the book's relentless power.

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  1. May 30, 2013
    Cry, the Beloved Country misses some details from the book that are huge and does not get the right actors for some of the roles, but its fairly well made and emotional all the same. Its not a ruiner. Expand