Cry Freedom


2h 35m 1987

Brief Synopsis

The true story of murdered, black, South African, "Black Consciousness Movement" activist Stephen Biko, and his friendship with the white, South African newspaper editor Donald Woods.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ett rop på frihet, Grita libertad
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Biography
Political
Release Date
1987
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Lee International Studios, Shepperton, England, United Kingdom; Zambezi River, Zimbabwe; Twickenham Studios, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom; Mutare, Zimbabwe; Mombasa, Kenya; Macheke River, Zimbabwe; Harare, Zimbabwe; Gweru, Zimbabwe; Epworth, Zimbabwe; Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 35m

Synopsis

The true story of murdered, black, South African, "Black Consciousness Movement" activist Stephen Biko, and his friendship with the white, South African newspaper editor Donald Woods.

Cast

Kevin Kline

Denzel Washington

Kevin Mcnally

Penelope Wilton

Hepburn Graham

Michael Graham Cox

Andrew Whaley

Dominic Kanaventi

Niven Boyd

Sam Mathambo

David Henry

Tony Vogel

Miles Anderson

Kimpton Mativenga

Paul Herzberg

Joseph Marcell

Evelyn Sithole

Nicola Emmanuel

Performer

Claude Maredza

Fishoo Tembo

James Coine

Josette Simon

John Thaw

Juanita Waterman

Russell Keith Grant

Munyaradzi Kanaventi

James Aubrey

David Trevena

Philip Bretherton

Gwyneth Strong

Walter Matemavi

Glen Murphy

Simon Shumba

Xoliswa Sithole

Graeme Taylor

Louis Mahoney

Dudley Dickin

Graham Fletcher Cook

George Lovell

Jim Findlay

Hans Sittig

Marcy Mushore

Jonas Gwangwa

Performer

Lawrence Simbarashe

John Matshikiza

William Marlowe

Robert Phillips

Gary Whelan

Kalie Hanekom

Ruth Chinamando

Timothy West

Adam Stuart Walker

Gwen Watford

David Guwaza

Tommy Buson

Zaeks Mokae

Karen Drury

Peter Cartwright

Graham Fletcher-cook

Wabei Siyolwe

Basil Chidyamathamba

Julian Glover

Marilyn Poole

Nick Tate

Judy Cornwell

Carl Chase

Alec Mccowen

Paul Jerricho

Patricia Gumede

Mawa Makondo

Christopher Hurst

Star Ncubem

Angela Gavaza

Spring Stuart Walker

Neil Mcpherson

Badi Uzzaman

Ian Richardson

Albert Ndinda

Nocebo Mlambo

Alton Kumalo

Andrew Mcculloch

Peggy Marsh

Garrick Hagon

Robert Macnamara

Hilary Minster

Morgan Sheppard

John Hargreaves

Carlton Chance

Gerald Sim

Thuli Dumakude

Performer

Peter Cary

Michael Turner

Tichatonga Mazhindu

Clement Muchachi

Kate Hardie

Hamish Stuart Walker

John Paul

Sophie Mgcina

John Hartley

Ken Freeman

Performer

Walter Muparutsa

Shelley Borkum

Crew

Edwin Angless

Assistant Director

Richard Attenborough

Producer

Michael P Bacon

Props

Craig Barwick

Accountant

Jonathan Bates

Sound Editor

David Bennett

Assistant Director

Terence Benson

Other

Gavin Bocquet

Assistant Art Director

Judy Boulting

Photography

Nandi Bowe

Location Assistant

Peter Brace

Stunt Coordinator

John Briley

Screenplay

John Briley

Coproducer

Tony Buckthorpe

Electrician

Steve Burgess

Other

Roy Button

Assistant Director

John J Campbell

Camera Operator

David Chiganze

Grip

Steve Chigorimbo

Assistant Director

Lazarus Chingore

Driver

Nikki Clapp

Script Supervisor

Terence Clegg

Executive Producer

Eddie Collins

Camera Operator

Frank Connor

Photography

Adam Cooper

Camera

Stuart Craig

Production Designer

Jonathan Croesier

Construction

Kenny Crouch

Wardrobe

Michael Crouch

Dialogue Editor

Elaine Dawson

Wardrobe Assistant

Norman Dorme

Art Director

Arthur Dunne

Transportation Manager

George Fenton

Music

George Fenton

Music Arranger

Eliah Fero

Cashier

Susie Figgis

Casting

Steve Fillis

Assistant Director

Paul Fisher

Other

Vic Floyd

Driver

Jonathan Frankel

Sound

Daniel Galvin

Consultant

Martin Gant

Special Effects

Ian Giladjian

Other

Paula Gillespie

Hairdresser

Keith Grant

Sound

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Jonas Gwangwa

Music

Susan Haines

Makeup Assistant

Taffy Haines

Sound

Steven Harding

Assistant Director

David Harris

Special Effects Supervisor

Ron Higgins

Props

Clare Howard

Assistant

Jeremy Hume

Assistant Editor

Brian Humphrey

Props

Dean Humphreys

Sound

Gerry Humphreys

Sound

Marianne Jacobs

Other

Allan James

Production Manager

Liz James

Casting

Lisa M Johnson

Wardrobe

Marj Joscelyne

Other

Mathew Kausasa

Electrician

Simon Kaye

Sound

Hamilton Zolile Keke

Consultant

Chris Kelly

Sound Editor

Rory Kilalea

Location Manager

John King

Art Director

Patrick Kinney

Assistant Director

Leila Kirkpatrick

Production Assistant

Steve Kitchen

Gaffer

Roz Knight

Other

Derek Knowler

Other

Nikolas Korda

Assistant Director

Kevin Lane

Assistant Editor

Jason Lehel

Other

Beryl Lerman

Makeup

Gerry Levy

Production Manager

Bert Long

Assistant

Steve Macguire

Sound Editor

Peter Malunga

Grip

Brian Mann

Dialogue Editor

Alan Martin

Gaffer

Cephas Mathimba

Electrician

Peter Mcdonald

Director Of Photography

Peter Mcdonald

Dp/Cinematographer

Dave Mcwhinnie

Electrician

Simon Mein

Photography

Andrew Melhuish

Editorial Assistant

Ricky Miller

Electrician

Vera Mitchell

Hairdresser

Virginia Mkiza

Wardrobe Assistant

Majakathata Mokoena

Consultant

John Mollo

Costume Designer

David Moore

Best Boy

Ian Mulder

Assistant

Moncton Mutsvairo

Other

Gift Nyamandi

Special Effects

Christopher J O'hare

Other

John Palme

Props

Mike Phillips

Other

Alan Poole

Special Effects

Luke Quigley

Grip

David Rattenbury

Other

Reg Richards

Construction Manager

George Richardson

Art Director

Baker Rooke

Accountant

Christine Samways

Accountant

Wally Schneiderman

Makeup Supervisor

Matthew Scudamore

Production Assistant

Lloyd Searle

Other

Michael Seirton

Set Decorator

Kim Shaw

Other

Sue Sheldon

Assistant Director

Mick Snell

Office Runner

Andreas Fernandez Sotilos

Wardrobe Assistant

Norman Spencer

Coproducer

Keith Stack

Medic

Clive Stafford

Assistant Director

Tommy Staples

Boom Operator

Dalindlel Tambo

Technical Advisor

Ron Taylor

Dp/Cinematographer

Ron Taylor

Director Of Photography

Judy Thornton

Production Coordinator

Richard Tindall

Camera Trainee

David Tomblin

Assistant Director

John Trehy

Other

Ian Tremble

Sound Editor

Lesley Walker

Editor

James Waters

Grip

Bill Welch

Construction Manager

Terry Wells Jr.

Props

Terry Wells

Property Master

Andrew Whaley

Casting

Peter Whitehouse

Original Music

Michael Widd

Accountant

Betty Williams

Accountant

Donald Woods

Consultant

Donald Woods

Book As Source Material

Wendy Woods

Consultant

Annie Wotton

Continuity

Tony Wright

Art Department

Film Details

Also Known As
Ett rop på frihet, Grita libertad
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Biography
Political
Release Date
1987
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Lee International Studios, Shepperton, England, United Kingdom; Zambezi River, Zimbabwe; Twickenham Studios, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom; Mutare, Zimbabwe; Mombasa, Kenya; Macheke River, Zimbabwe; Harare, Zimbabwe; Gweru, Zimbabwe; Epworth, Zimbabwe; Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 35m

Award Nominations

Best Score

1987

Best Song

1987

Best Supporting Actor

1987
Denzel Washington

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 6, 1987

Released in United States February 1988

Released in United States November 1987

Released in United States on Video June 16, 1988

Wide Release in United States February 19, 1988

Shown at Berlin Film Festival February 1988.

Shown at London Film Festival November 1987.

Began shooting July 14, 1986.

Completed production November 1986.

Completed shooting October 1986.

The film was released in South Africa, to a selected audience.

Released in United States February 1988 (Shown at Berlin Film Festival February 1988.)

Wide Release in United States February 19, 1988

Released in United States on Video June 16, 1988

Released in United States Fall November 6, 1987

Released in United States November 1987 (Shown at London Film Festival November 1987.)