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Cry Freedom General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.

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Cry Freedom

Directed by

Richard Attenborough

Starring

Actor
Character
Josette Simon
Dr. Ramphele
Wabei Siyolwe
Tenjy
John Matshikiza
Mapetla
Juanita Waterman
Ntsiki Biko
Evelyn Sithole
Nurse at Clinic
Xoliswa Sithole
Nurse at Clinic
James Coine
Young Boy
Donald Woods
Albert Ndinda
Alec
Andrew Whaley
Sub-Editor
Shelley Borkum
Woods' Receptionist
Wendy Woods
Kate Hardie
Jane Woods
Graeme Taylor
Dillon Woods
Adam Stuart Walker
Duncan Woods
Hamish Stuart Walker
Gavin Woods
Spring Stuart Walker
Mary Woods
Sophie Mgcina
Evalina
Jim Findley
Peter Jones
Patricia Gumede
Shebeen Queen
Angela Gavaza
Shebeen Queen's Niece
Nocebo Mlambo
Aunt
Walter Matemavi
Nephew
Clement Muchachi
Father
Ruth Chinamando
Mother
Basil Chidyamathamba
Brother-in-Law
Marcy Mushore
Niece
Alton Kumalo
Speaker
Lawrence Simbarashe
Informer
Timothy West
Capt. De Wet
Carl Chase
Policeman
William Morgan Sheppard
Policeman
Tichatonga Mazhindu
Dilima
Zakes Mokae
Father Kani
John Thaw
Kruger
Miles Anderson
Lemick
Neil McPherson
Lemick's Assistant
Hepburn Graham
Soga
Claude Maredza
1st Rugby Player
Carlton Chance
2nd Rugby Player
Glen Murphy
1st Security Guard
Russell Grant
2nd Security Guard
Munyaradzi Kanaventi
Samora Biko
George Lovell
Nkosinathi Biko
Andrew McCulloch
Mel - Policeman
Graham Fletcher-Cook
Nel's Partner
Karen Drury
Young Secretary
Niven Boyd
1st Roadblock Policeman
Tony Vogel
2nd Roadblock Policeman
Christopher Hurst
3rd Roadblock Policeman
Gerald Sim
Police Doctor
Peter Cartwright
Senior Police Officer
Gary Whelan
Police Sergeant
Dudley Dickin
Nationalist Party Delegate
David Trevena
Mortician
Badi Uzzaman
Mortician's Assistant
Robert Phillips
Speaker at Funeral
Fishoo Tembo
Biko's Brother
Peggy Marsh
Helen Suzman
Gwyneth Strong
Girl at Funeral
Julian Glover
Don Card
John Hargreaves
Bruce
Philip Bretherton
Maj. Boshoff
Paul Herzberg
Beukes
Robert MacNamara
Security Policeman
Hans Sittig
Security Policeman
Kimpton Mativenga
Black Security Policeman
David Henry
Afrikaner Farmer
Michael Turner
Judge Boshoff
Ian Richardson
State Prosecutor
Mawa Makondo
Jason
Kalie Hanekom
Magistrate Prins
Paul Jerricho
Sgt. Louw
Star Ncube
1st Prisoner
David Guwaza
2nd Prisoner
Tommy Buson
Tami
Joseph Marcell
Moses
Hilary Minster
1st Passport Control Officer
James Aubrey
2nd Passport Control officer
Peter Cary
White Frontier Policeman
Dominic Kanaventi
Black Frontier Policeman
Sam Mathambo
Lesotho Passport Officer
Walter Muparutsa
Lesotho Businessman
Judy Cornwell
Receptionist
Alec McCowen
Acting High Commissioner
Gwen Watford
Wendy's Mother
John Paul
Wendy's Stepfather
Louis Mahoney
Lesotho Government Official
Michael Graham Cox
3rd Passport Control Officer
John Hartley
4th Passport Control Officer
Simon Shumba
Young Lesotho Official
Garrick Hagon
McElrea
Nick Tate
Richie
Marilyn Poole
Acting High Commissioner's Wife
William Marlowe
Police Captain at Soweto
Leonard Boucher
Emmanuel Chari
Student
Ian McNeice
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1987
 157 minutes (2 hrs 37 mins)
UK release date Released: 26th November 1987
 BBFC Age Rating:  PG age rating
US release date Released: 6th November 1987
MPAA Age Rating: Cry Freedom PG age rating 
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Top Grossing Movie Chart Position
UK total gross
£3,310,458
1767
Cry Freedom
1768

UK Age Rating
UK BBFC Certificate: PG
Genres
Popular in these countries
  •  United States
  •  United Kingdom
  •  Kenya
UK Box Office Release Breakdown
UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 11

UK Box Office Chart History
Date
Place
Week
Total
1N
£1,490,918
£1,490,918
1▲▼
£1,064,941
£2,555,859
3
£409,593
£2,965,452
3▲▼
£204,797
£3,170,249
6
£78,768
£3,249,017
7
£30,295
£3,279,312
8
£15,148
£3,294,460
9
£7,574
£3,302,034
8
£3,787
£3,305,821
6
£2,705
£3,308,526
6▲▼
£1,932
£3,310,458
Box Office Gross Flow
£
1.5M
1.1M
409.6K
204.8K

27th Nov
1987

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1987

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1987

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1987

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