- California Doubling: The movie was filmed in Zimbabwe, rather than South Africa, due to the political unrest there at the time.
- Fake Nationality: Americans Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline playing South Africans Biko and Woods.
- Real-Life Relative: Gerald Sim (police doctor) was the brother-in-law of Richard Attenborough.
- Star-Making Role: This film gave Denzel Washington's career a considerable boost, earning him his first Oscar nomination.
Trivia / Cry Freedom