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(YouTube) Video Saturday Cinema, The Wilby Conspiracy, 1975 - This little-known thriller has visiting English engineer Michael Caine blunder into South Africa's racist police state. Sidney Poitier also stars   ( divider line
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2013-12-14 10:21:57 AM

What else could we do the week Nelson Mandela died? Cry Freedom was a bit too obvious.

I remember seeing this now unknown-thriller on a black and white television late at night when I was young and being utterly confused that by the racist apparatus of that state. How naïve I was, eh? It made it easy to sympathize with Caine's character, an engineer who's taken a job in South Africa to make a few quid and get out.

Poitier plays a political prisoner who's lawyer is sweet on Michael Chain. Poitier's just been released thanks to her efforts but he's swept up again in a mass arrest over identity paper checks. However, the police wanted several things, not just to see if he had his ID card in your wallet.

His job be damned, Caine tries to make a bolt for the border as he's had enough with this crazy country. Unfortunately, the police have other ideas for him.

Miss India 1965, and Star Trek star Persis Khambatta also stars. Nicol Williamson, whom you may have seen as the Merlin in Excalibur, plays the South African major. The film is based upon a book of the same title by Peter Driscoll, a minor writer of thrillers who lived for a time in South Africa. According to Wiki, he set several of his adventure stories in Africa.

Caine apparently said that this film was his first production that tried 'sending a message.' More trivia about this film here.

Last Week's Saturday Cinema.
2013-12-14 10:22:56 AM  
'if he had his ID card in your wallet' = 'if he had his ID card in his wallet.'

2013-12-14 03:37:46 PM  
The zipper scene is classic.
2013-12-14 05:11:06 PM  
"Introducing Prunella Gee" Hard to imagine a time when her name wasn't on the world's lips, innit?
2013-12-15 04:13:11 AM  

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"What the-- Are you seeing this crazy helicopter cirque du soleil shiat going on behind us?"
"Yeah, don't let on that you notice, it'll only encourage them."
"I think my gun is shrinking. Does it seem smaller to you?"
"Here, I'll touch it with my much bigger gun, let's see if that helps."
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