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Dingaka [1964] [DVD]


Stanley Baker (actor)
Juliet Prowse (actor)
Ken Gampu (actor)

Format: all-region dvd (worldwide)
Runtime: 1h38m
Quality: Very good, 4:3, colour

A couple of good reviewers can tell you more about this film than any synopsis:

Stanley Baker was a vastly underrated actor. This film about a barrister faced with the task of defending a murderer who within his own cultural framework is hardly committing murder, is gripping, poignant and thoughtful. Based on the days of apartheid in South Africa, Baker defends a man who took revenge on a man who killed one of his children to enhance his prowess as a stick fighter. The peek into the violent world of the Xhosa is very well done and the attack created by Baker in defense of his client is excellent. This is an excellent film, undershown and underseen. If you have the chance to see it, do so. You will be informed as well as entertained by this engaging tale based on actual cases (Yes. There were several of these revenge killings based on witchcraft that appeared in South African courts).

Ken Gampu, a black South African, carries this beautiful fable of a man conflicted between two worlds, on his broad shoulders. Stanley Baker is competent in a secondary role, and Juliet Prowse is equally competent in a totally unnecessary role. The music is exceptional. Watch this, and you can see Jamie Uys dealing with the subject matter that he would turn into a worldwide hit 15 years later in THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY.
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Dingaka [1964] [DVD]
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Dingaka
[1964] [DVD]
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