YMMV: Cry Freedom

  • Awesome Music: The rendition of "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" at the end of the film.
    • Although it's not part of the film itself, a music video for Peter Gabriel's song Biko, showing clips of the movie was produced.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: About everything Biko does since he's considered the symbol of black resistance.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: While the film is for the most part dark and depressing, points go to Steve Biko hiding his secret papers in his baby's nappy... and just after the police leave, he then realises he needs to fish them out before it's too late.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The growing friendship of Woods and Biko.
  • Fake Nationality: Americans Washington and Kline playing South Africans Biko and Woods.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The destruction of the black community center by the police.
    • The destruction of the slum in the beginning. The scene showed many innocent black men, women, and children losing their homes by the government. It even showed white policemen bringing their guard dogs into homes and terrifying babies and women.
    • The Soweto uprising of 1976. Child Immortality be damned.
    • The fact that everything in this film is based on a true story.
    • The list of deaths that happened in prison, the majority of which are obviously poor cover-ups for Police Brutality. The government clearly became aware and stopped even giving a reason for the deaths, because the cover-ups had just gone too far.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The policemen of your town are corrupt and racist enough to actually sneak into community centers and destroy them. Attempting to call them out results in more policemen threatening you and the witnesses.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Every time a black person is treated unfairly.
    • Steve Biko's tragic death.
    • The destruction of a populated slum, and that's only the beginning of the movie.
    • Woods' children being burned by acid. Fortunately, they survive.
    • The Woods family having to flee. They fortunately make it, but you can tell that they're sad to leave their life and the few friends they have behind.
    • The Soweto uprising.
  • Too Cool to Live: Biko.