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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: The real Steve Biko wasn't as handsome as Denzel Washington.


* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jimmy Kruger, the South African Minister of Justice and the one responsible for Steve Biko's banning. When he meets Woods, he gives off the image of a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable authority figure]] who does not like signing banning orders and the like, and who seemingly agrees with Woods on the need for a political solution to the racial crisis gripping the nation. He also listens attentively to Woods as he tells him about the vandalization of Biko's church by security officers and expresses discontent over their actions. However, Woods is later harassed at his home by security agents demanding that he reveal the identity of the eyewitness who recognized police captain De Wet as the one leading the officers vandalizing the church (with Woods knowing that the eyewitness would be arrested and/or killed as a result), with said agents all but saying out loud that their orders came directly from the Minister of Justice. Ultimately, Kruger establishes himself firmly as this later during the National Party conference scene where he [[KickTheDog mocks and makes jokes at Biko's death]].

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jimmy Kruger, the South African Minister of Justice and the one responsible for Steve Biko's banning. When he meets Woods, he gives off the image of a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable authority figure]] ReasonableAuthorityFigure who does not like signing banning orders and the like, and who seemingly agrees with Woods on the need for a political solution to the racial crisis gripping the nation. He also listens attentively to Woods as he tells him about the vandalization of Biko's church by security officers and expresses discontent over their actions. However, Woods is later harassed at his home by security agents demanding that he reveal the identity of the eyewitness who recognized police captain De Wet as the one leading the officers vandalizing the church (with Woods knowing that the eyewitness would be arrested and/or killed as a result), with said agents all but saying out loud that their orders came directly from the Minister of Justice. Ultimately, Kruger establishes himself firmly as this later during the National Party conference scene where he [[KickTheDog mocks and makes jokes at Biko's death]].


* KarmaHoudini: Steve Biko's killers. Obviously there was no justice during the Apartheid, but even afterward, when they were found ineligible for amnesty in his murder (due to it not having been explicitly ordered by the apartheid regime), the case was ruled to be without sufficient evidence to prosecute them since it was by then over 25 years old.

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* KarmaHoudini: Steve Biko's killers. Obviously there was no justice during the Apartheid, but even afterward, when they were found ineligible for amnesty in his murder (due to it not having been explicitly ordered by the apartheid regime), the case was ruled to be without sufficient evidence to prosecute them since it was by then over 25 years old.


The story revolves around the life of black anti-apartheid activist Stephen Bantu "Steve" Biko (Washington) and his friendship with the white journalist and anti-apartheid activist Donald Woods (Kline) in late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] South Africa.

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The story revolves around the life of black anti-apartheid activist Stephen Bantu "Steve" Biko (Washington) and his friendship with the white journalist and anti-apartheid activist Donald Woods (Kline) in late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] 1970s South Africa.Africa, during UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra.



* KarmaHoudini: Steve Biko's killers. Obviously there was no justice during UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra, but even afterward, when they were found ineligible for amnesty in his murder (due to it not having been explicitly ordered by the apartheid regime), the case was ruled to be without sufficient evidence to prosecute them since it was by then over 25 years old.

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* KarmaHoudini: Steve Biko's killers. Obviously there was no justice during UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra, the Apartheid, but even afterward, when they were found ineligible for amnesty in his murder (due to it not having been explicitly ordered by the apartheid regime), the case was ruled to be without sufficient evidence to prosecute them since it was by then over 25 years old.


* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jimmy Kruger, the South African Minister of Justice and the one responsible for Steve Biko's banning. When he meets Woods, he portrays the image of a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable authority figure]] who does not like signing banning orders and the like, and who seemingly agrees with Woods on the need for a political solution to the racial crisis gripping the nation. He also listens attentively to Woods as he tells him about the vandalization of Biko's church by security officers and expresses discontent over their actions. However, Woods is later harassed at his home by security agents demanding him to reveal the identity of the eyewitness who recognized police captain De Wet as the one leading the officers vandalizing the church (with Woods knowing that the eyewitness would be arrested and/or killed as a result), with said agents all but saying out loud that their orders came directly from the Minister of Justice. Ultimately, Kruger establishes himself firmly as this during the National Party conference scene where he [[KickTheDog mocks and makes jokes of Biko's death]].

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jimmy Kruger, the South African Minister of Justice and the one responsible for Steve Biko's banning. When he meets Woods, he portrays gives off the image of a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable authority figure]] who does not like signing banning orders and the like, and who seemingly agrees with Woods on the need for a political solution to the racial crisis gripping the nation. He also listens attentively to Woods as he tells him about the vandalization of Biko's church by security officers and expresses discontent over their actions. However, Woods is later harassed at his home by security agents demanding him to that he reveal the identity of the eyewitness who recognized police captain De Wet as the one leading the officers vandalizing the church (with Woods knowing that the eyewitness would be arrested and/or killed as a result), with said agents all but saying out loud that their orders came directly from the Minister of Justice. Ultimately, Kruger establishes himself firmly as this later during the National Party conference scene where he [[KickTheDog mocks and makes jokes of at Biko's death]].

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jimmy Kruger, the South African Minister of Justice and the one responsible for Steve Biko's banning. When he meets Woods, he portrays the image of a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable authority figure]] who does not like signing banning orders and the like, and who seemingly agrees with Woods on the need for a political solution to the racial crisis gripping the nation. He also listens attentively to Woods as he tells him about the vandalization of Biko's church by security officers and expresses discontent over their actions. However, Woods is later harassed at his home by security agents demanding him to reveal the identity of the eyewitness who recognized police captain De Wet as the one leading the officers vandalizing the church (with Woods knowing that the eyewitness would be arrested and/or killed as a result), with said agents all but saying out loud that their orders came directly from the Minister of Justice. Ultimately, Kruger establishes himself firmly as this during the National Party conference scene where he [[KickTheDog mocks and makes jokes of Biko's death]].


* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:The South African police put acid on shirts Woods' children wear, which severely burns them.]] They also gun down unarmed black children just for peacefully protesting.

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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:The South African police put acid on shirts Woods' children wear, which severely burns them.]] They also gun down unarmed black children just for peacefully protesting.protesting.
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* SwissCheeseSecurity: Subverted early in the film, when Woods just casually walks up to the house of the country's Justice Minister to speak with him about Biko. After he lampshades the trope by pointing out how easy this seemed to him, his host points out that he was being watched as he approached in ways he was completely unaware of.


* MightyWhitey: A mild and semi-justifiable example -- the film sticks to the historical facts of Donald Woods and doesn't portray him as special by dint of his whiteness, but at the same time was criticized in some quarters for focusing on the white Woods over the rather more significant and interesting ([[CaptainObvious and black]]) Biko (who dies halfway through). Of course, since it was based on Woods' books, this was likely inevitable. [[spoiler:He fails to expose the truth of Biko's death, is placed under house arrest, and has to flee the country with his family.]]

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* MightyWhitey: A mild and semi-justifiable example -- the film sticks to the historical facts of Donald Woods and doesn't portray him as special by dint of his whiteness, but at the same time was criticized in some quarters for focusing on the white Woods over the rather more significant and interesting ([[CaptainObvious and black]]) (and black) Biko (who dies halfway through). Of course, since it was based on Woods' books, this was likely inevitable. [[spoiler:He fails to expose the truth of Biko's death, is placed under house arrest, and has to flee the country with his family.]]

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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: The real Steve Biko wasn't as handsome as Denzel Washington.


* AdultFear: Your attempt to search foe the truth brings you hostile attention from your own government, [[spoiler:[[RevengeByProxy who go so far as to injure your children]] to dissuade you from your quest, then place you in house arrest and oblige you to flee the country]].

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* AdultFear: Your attempt to search foe for the truth brings you hostile attention from your own government, [[spoiler:[[RevengeByProxy who go so far as to injure your children]] to dissuade you from your quest, then place you in house arrest and oblige you to flee the country]].



* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: This was standard operating procedure in apartheid South Africa. A montage at the end of the film shows the numerous official causes of death for imprisoned activists, most being "suicide by hanging" or "shot while attempting to escape" but also variants with "fell down (various numbers of) stairs" and numerous other paper-thin excuses, up to the point where the government stopped giving explanations at all (even prior to this there were cases they didn't give a reason for). Steve Biko himself is said to have died while on a hunger strike even when the official inquest says a brain lesion is the cause of death, while also failing to say how this could have occurred, but only that there is not enough evidence to indicate any criminal act behind it. [[spoiler:Several police officers admitted to severely beating Biko, but this was ignored by the government, who continued to deny any wrongdoing.]]

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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: This was standard operating procedure in apartheid South Africa. A montage at the end of the film shows the numerous official causes of death for imprisoned activists, most being "suicide by hanging" or "shot while attempting to escape" but also variants with "fell down (various numbers of) stairs" and numerous other paper-thin excuses, up to the point where the government stopped giving explanations at all (even prior to this this, there were cases they didn't give a reason for). Steve Biko himself is said to have died while on a hunger strike strike, even when the official inquest says a brain lesion is the cause of death, while also failing to say how this could have occurred, but only that there is not enough evidence to indicate any criminal act behind it. [[spoiler:Several police officers admitted to severely beating Biko, but this was ignored by the government, who continued to deny any wrongdoing.]]


* AdultFear: You attempt to search the truth brings you hostile attention from your own government, [[spoiler: who go so far as to injure your children to dissuade you from your quest, then place you in house arrest and oblige you to flee the country]].

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* AdultFear: You Your attempt to search foe the truth brings you hostile attention from your own government, [[spoiler: [[spoiler:[[RevengeByProxy who go so far as to injure your children children]] to dissuade you from your quest, then place you in house arrest and oblige you to flee the country]].



* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: This was standard operating procedure in apartheid South Africa. A montage at the end of the film shows the numerous official causes of death for imprisoned activists, most being "suicide by hanging" or "shot while attempting to escape" but also variants with "fell down (various numbers of) stairs" and numerous other paper-thin excuses, up to the point where the government stopped giving explanations at all (even prior to this there were cases they didn't give a reason for). Steve Biko himself is said to have died while on a hunger strike even when the official inquest says a brain lesion is the cause of death, while also failing to say how this could have occurred, but only that there is not enough evidence to indicate any criminal act behind it. [[spoiler: Several police officers admitted to severely beating Biko, but this was ignored by the government, who continued to deny any wrongdoing.]]

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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: This was standard operating procedure in apartheid South Africa. A montage at the end of the film shows the numerous official causes of death for imprisoned activists, most being "suicide by hanging" or "shot while attempting to escape" but also variants with "fell down (various numbers of) stairs" and numerous other paper-thin excuses, up to the point where the government stopped giving explanations at all (even prior to this there were cases they didn't give a reason for). Steve Biko himself is said to have died while on a hunger strike even when the official inquest says a brain lesion is the cause of death, while also failing to say how this could have occurred, but only that there is not enough evidence to indicate any criminal act behind it. [[spoiler: Several [[spoiler:Several police officers admitted to severely beating Biko, but this was ignored by the government, who continued to deny any wrongdoing.]]



* KarmaHoudini: Steve Biko's killers. Obviously there was no justice during UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra, but even afterward, when they were found ineligible for amnesty in his murder (due to it not having been explicitly ordered by the apartheid regime) the case was ruled to be without sufficient evidence to prosecute them since it was by then over 25 years old.
* MightyWhitey: A mild and semi-justifiable example-the film sticks to the historical facts of Donald Woods and doesn't portray him as special by dint of his whiteness, but at the same time was criticized in some quarters for focusing on the white Woods over the rather more significant and interesting ([[CaptainObvious and black]]) Biko (who dies halfway through). Of course, since it was based on Woods' books this was likely inevitable. [[spoiler: He fails to expose the truth of Biko's death, is placed under house arrest, and has to flee the country with his family]].

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* KarmaHoudini: Steve Biko's killers. Obviously there was no justice during UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra, but even afterward, when they were found ineligible for amnesty in his murder (due to it not having been explicitly ordered by the apartheid regime) regime), the case was ruled to be without sufficient evidence to prosecute them since it was by then over 25 years old.
* MightyWhitey: A mild and semi-justifiable example-the example -- the film sticks to the historical facts of Donald Woods and doesn't portray him as special by dint of his whiteness, but at the same time was criticized in some quarters for focusing on the white Woods over the rather more significant and interesting ([[CaptainObvious and black]]) Biko (who dies halfway through). Of course, since it was based on Woods' books books, this was likely inevitable. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He fails to expose the truth of Biko's death, is placed under house arrest, and has to flee the country with his family]].family.]]



* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: The South African police put acid on shirts Woods' children wear, which severely burns them.]] They also gun down unarmed black children just for peacefully protesting.

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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The South African police put acid on shirts Woods' children wear, which severely burns them.]] They also gun down unarmed black children just for peacefully protesting.


''Cry Freedom'' is a 1987 film, directed by [[Film/TheGreatEscape Richard]] [[JurassicPark Attenborough]] and starring DenzelWashington and Creator/KevinKline.

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''Cry Freedom'' is a 1987 film, directed by [[Film/TheGreatEscape Richard]] [[JurassicPark Attenborough]] Creator/RichardAttenborough and starring DenzelWashington Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/KevinKline.


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* TheApartheidEra: Obviously, with the film providing a thorough expose of its brutality and injustice.



* KarmaHoudini: Steve Biko's killers. Obviously there was no justice during TheApartheidEra, but even afterward, when they were found ineligible for amnesty in his murder (due to it not having been explicitly ordered by the apartheid regime) the case was ruled to be without sufficient evidence to prosecute them since it was by then over 25 years old.

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* KarmaHoudini: Steve Biko's killers. Obviously there was no justice during TheApartheidEra, UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra, but even afterward, when they were found ineligible for amnesty in his murder (due to it not having been explicitly ordered by the apartheid regime) the case was ruled to be without sufficient evidence to prosecute them since it was by then over 25 years old.

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