Cry, the Beloved Country (South Africa: 1995)


Darrell Roodt

Cast list

James Earl Jones - Rev. Stephen Kumalo

Richard Harris - James Jarvis

Vusi Kunene - Theophilus Msimangu

Charles S. Dutton - John Kumalo

Tsholofelo Wechoemang - Child

Dolly Rathebe - Mrs. Kumalo

Ramolao Makhene - Mpanza

Jack Robinson - Ian Jarvis

Jennifer Steyn - Mary Jarvis

Patrick Ndlovu - Man 1

Darlington Michaels - Man 2

King Twala - Man 3

Robert Whitehead - Carmichael

Graham Armitage - the Judge

Leleti Khumalo - Katie


Anant Singh - producer

David Barkman - production designer

Paul Gilpin - director of photography

John Barry - composer

David Heitner - film editor

Helena Spring - associate producer

Harry Alan Towers - executive producer

Sudhir Pragjee - executive producer

Sanjeev Singh - executive producer

Alan Paton - based on a book by / writing credits

Ronald Harwood - screenplay

Marina Van Tonder - cast director


Produced and set in South Africa in 1946, two years before the implementation of the apartheid, Cry, the Beloved Country  tells the parallel stories of two fathers travelling to Johannesburg to look for their missing sons. Reverend Stephen Kumalo, a minister from a poor farming community, and James Jarvis, a rich white landowner, individually arrive to the city only to find out that Kumalo's son Absalom has fallen into thievery and killed Jarvis' son during a failed robbery. An emotional film on the era of the apartheid, Cry, the Beloved Country explores the themes of personal loss, racism, and humanity.


Holden, Stephen. “Cry, the Beloved Country.” The New York Times, 15 December 1995

Ebert, Roger. “South African Entries at the Toronto Fest Show That Africa Is More than an Exotic Backdrop.” Chicago Sun-Times, 16 September, 2004,

Stack, Peter. “A ‘Cry’ of Hope From South Africa.” San Francisco Chronicle, 20 December, 1995.

Thomas, Kevin. “New Dimensions to Eloquent ‘Cry, the Beloved Country’.” Los Angeles Times, 15 December, 1995.


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