Cry Freedom

Synopsis: Donald Woods is chief editor of the liberal newspaper Daily Dispatch in South Africa. He has written several editorials critical of the views of Steve Biko. But after having met him for the first time, he changes his opinion. They meet several times, and this means that Woods and his family get attention from the security police. When Steve Biko dies in police custody, he writes a book about Biko. The only way to get it published is for Woods himself to illegally escape the country.
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 12 nominations.
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157 min

I know you're not a fool,

Mr. Woods...

But you are uninformed.

Steve Biko is one of the few people

who can still save South Africa.

He's in King William's

Town right now.

That's his banning area.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.



- Mr. Donald Woods?

- Yes, I'm Donald Woods.

I'm Steve's wife. Please, come in.

He's expecting you.

Thank you.

But we're glad

you could come.

Father Russell got this for us.

You see, we're trying to make

a kind of community centre,

where black people can meet,

maybe have classes.

- The new dyes have arrived at last.

- Good, tell Tsinki.

- This way.

- Who's this one?

Oh, he's just a little

rascal like his father,

and even more trouble.

You'll find him out there.

Steve Biko?

- Are you Steve Biko?

- I am.

I would have met you

in the church, but,

as you know, I can only be

with one person at a time.

You see, if a third person comes

into the room, even to bring coffee,

that breaks the ban.

And the system, the police,

are just across the road.

But, of course, you would

approve of my banning.

No, I think your ideas are dangerous,

but, no, I don't approve of banning.

A true liberal.

It's not a title

I'm ashamed of,

though I know you regard

it with some contempt.

I just think that

a white liberal,...

...who clings to all the advantages

of his white world; jobs,

housing, education...

Mercedes... perhaps not best qualified to tell

blacks how they should react to apartheid.

I wonder what sort of liberal

you'd make, Mr. Biko,

if you were the one who had the job,

the house and the Mercedes,

and the whites

lived in townships.

It's a charming idea.

It was good of you

to come, Mr. Woods.

I've wanted to meet

you for a long time.

They follow you everywhere?

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John Briley

John Richard Briley is an American writer best known for screenplays of biographical films. He won the Academy Award For Best Original Screenplay at the 1982 Oscars for Gandhi. more…

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