Cry Freedom

Cry Freedom (1987)

The true story of the friendship that shook South Africa and awakened the world.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1987-11-06
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 189 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 37min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
  • Director: Richard Attenborough
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From 189 Ratings


A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist.

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  • Kevin Kline

    as Donald Woods
  • Denzel Washington

    as Steve Biko
  • Penelope Wilton

    as Wendy Woods
  • Kate Hardie

    as Jane Woods
  • John Matshikiza

    as Mapetla
  • Zakes Mokae

    as Father Kani
  • John Thaw

    as Kruger
  • Kevin McNally

    as Ken
  • John Hargreaves

    as Bruce
  • Juanita Waterman

    as Ntsiki Biko
  • Julian Glover

    as Don Card
  • Josette Simon

    as Dr Ramphele
  • Timothy West

    as Capt. De Wet
  • Miles Anderson

    as Lemick
  • Ian Richardson

    as State Prosecutor
  • Andrew McCulloch

    as Policeman Nel
  • Gerald Sim

    as Police Doctor
  • Gary Whelan

    as Guard
  • Glen Murphy

    as Guard
  • Peter Cartwright

    as Police Sergeant
  • Badi Uzzaman

    as Mortician
  • Gwyneth Powell

    as Girl at Funeral
  • Philip Bretherton

    as Major Boshoff
  • Alec McCowen

    as Acting High Comissioner
  • Joseph Marcell

    as Moses
  • Judy Cornwell

    as Receptionist
  • John Paul

    as Wendy's Father
  • Gwen Watford

    as Wendy's Mother
  • William Marlowe

    as Police Sergeant
  • Paul Jerricho

    as Sergeant Louw
  • Nick Tate

    as Pilot
  • Andrew Whaley

    as Sub-Editor
  • Shelley Borkum

    as Woods' Receptionist
  • Albert Ndinda

    as Alec
  • Evelyn Sithole

    as Nurse at Clinic
  • Xoliswa Sithole

    as Nurse at Clinic
  • James Coine

    as Young Boy
  • Wabei Siyolwe

    as Tenjy
  • Tony Vogel

    as 2nd Roadblock Policeman
Production Susie Figgis Casting
Sound George Fenton Original Music Composer
Editing Lesley Walker Editor
Directing Richard Attenborough Director
Production Richard Attenborough Producer
Costume & Make-Up John Mollo Costume Design
Art Stuart Craig Production Design
Art Michael Seirton Set Decoration
Visual Effects David Harris Special Effects Supervisor
Sound Jonathan Bates Sound
Writing John Briley Screenplay
Production John Briley Co-Producer
Camera Ronnie Taylor Director of Photography
Art Norman Dorme Supervising Art Director
Costume & Make-Up Vera Mitchell Hairstylist
Art John King Art Direction
Sound Gerry Humphreys Sound
Sound Simon Kaye Sound
Production Terence A. Clegg Executive Producer
Writing Donald Woods Novel
Sound Jonas Gwangwa Original Music Composer
Sound Brian Mann Dialogue Editor
Costume & Make-Up Wally Schneiderman Makeup Supervisor
Directing David Tomblin First Assistant Director
Crew Martin Gant Special Effects
Sound Michael Crouch Dialogue Editor
Production Allan James Production Manager
Art George Richardson Supervising Art Director
Costume & Make-Up Beryl Lerman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Paula Gillespie Hairstylist
Crew Paul Knowles Special Effects
Production Norman Spencer Co-Producer
Production Gerry Levy Production Manager
Crew Gift Nyamandi Special Effects
Crew Alan Poole Special Effects
Production Diana Hawkins Publicist