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"Cry, the Beloved Country"

by Leslie Rigoulot

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James Earl Jones is everyone favorite actor but some times we forget everything but that rich baritone voice. CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY will remind us why he is so revered. As a Zulu Christian pastor in the South Africa of 1946, Jones searches for his lost sister and son who have succumbed to the lure of the big city, Johannnesburg. Venturing out of his rural world, he meets the kind and the cruel of the city giving us a look at apartheid we won't soon forget. Richard Harris is the wealthy rancher who also journeys to Johannesberg in his own attempt to find the son he has also lost. There is a resonance to this film about being lost and being found, about blacks and whites, about faith. Add in Amazing Grace as done by Paul Simon and companions, and it moves the soul. If Jones isn't an Oscar contender, I will have lost faith in the Academy Awards. CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY opens Dec. 22.

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