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The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)

Cast: Bob Simmons, Bob Simmons, Sidney Poitier, more...
Director: Ralph Nelson, Ralph Nelson
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, Politics and Social Issues, Political Thriller, UK
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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The Wilby Conspiracy is set in South Africa, at a time when Apartheid was the order of the day. Political activist Shack Twala (Sidney Poitier) finds an unlikely -- and reluctant -- ally in the form of the British Keogh (Michael Caine). Both Twala and Keogh are scrutinized by racist police official Horn (Nicol Williamson), who hopes that they'll lead him to the hideout of chief activist Wilby (Joe De Graft). Based on the novel by Peter Driscoll, The Wilby Conspiracy abandons its sociological overtones early on in favor of an extended chase. The film reteams Poitier and director Ralph Nelson, who, 12 years earlier, had collaborated on Lilies of the Field. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Poitier rises above silly script by johnnyclock July 11, 2007 - 9:47 PM PDT
Sidney Poitier is a terrific actor who is the only one who manages to rise above a foolish story combined with an often inane script. Michael Caine is unable to be convincing in a poorly conceived role. I could not tell if the story were meant to be taken seriously -- as should have been hoped (this is more than a decade before the fall of the apartheid South African government) --, or as a comedy (when it was no time for joking).

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