The Wilby Conspiracy

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Released 1975

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Director:
Ralph Nelson
Released:
1975
Rating:
PG

The Wilby Conspiracy is a film based on the eponymous novel by writer Peter Driscoll. The film explores South African apartheid though the lives of Jim Koegh (played by Michael Caine), a British engineer, and Shack Twala (played by Sidney Poitier), an activist. The two are attempting to outrun Major Horn (played by Nicol Williamson), the leader of the police. Jim's girlfriend, a lawyer, tries to help them. The film, directed by Ralph Nelson and written by Rodney Amateau, was shot in Kenya and released three years after the novel was released. The film begins with Shack being released from Robben Island, who ends up celebrating with Jim and Rina, a defense attorney who helped free Shack from jail. Shack ends up in an altercation with the South African Police shorty after being released from jail, and is arrested. A scuffle ensues between Jim and the authorities, forcing them on the run.

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  • 70

    Variety

    The Wilby Conspiracy [from Peter Driscoll's novel] is a good action melodrama about apartheid in South Africa. It was made in Kenya. The stars Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine are ...

  • 70

    The New Yorker Pauline Kael

    This Anglo-American production doesn't go in for romance or comedy; it sticks to suspense, and it's really good at what it does (except for a rather tacky escape by air).

  • 40

    Time Out

    Assets there are: Caine is served with some nice deadpan lines by Rod Amateau, and John Coquillon's photography is characteristically cool. But this is an unpleasant and invidious ...

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Thrillers, Classics, Politics