World Apart

Directed By: Chris Menges Starring: Barbara Hershey

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Based on a true story, this "haunting, deeply moving film" (Los Angeles Times) brims with "emotion and radiant intelligence" (The New Yorker) and features Barbara Hershey in a "strikingly forceful performance" (New York), this potent account of personal and political turmoil brims with "emotion and radiant intelligence" (The New Yorker)!

South Africa, 1963. Communist Gus Roth (Jeroen Krabbe) is forced to flee Johannesburg to escape arrest, leaving his activist wife Diana (Hershey) to continue their crusade against apartheid. But when Diana is wrenched from her three daughters and jailed under the notorious 90-day Detention Act, she and her family face the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom.


Studio MGM
SKU 40718853
UPC 027616927552
UPC 14 00027616927552
Format DVD
Release Date 11/27/2011
Rating Rating
Race Relations
Social Issues
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Women In Prison
Editors Note
Note Apartheid threatens to tear her from her 13-year-old daughter when the first white woman - a journalist - is arrested and put in solitary in 1963 for defying the South African government.
Plot Summary
Summary Based on a true story, in 1963 South Africa, a white, female journalist defies the government and is arrested under the new 90-day Detention Act.
New York Times "...A beautifully acted, maddening movie....Hershey is splendid..." 06/17/1988 p.C10
Film Comment "...Jodhi May is excellent..." 08/01/1988 p.5-8
Los Angeles Times "...A haunting and deeply moving film of conscience and consequence....Told with an empathy that is strengthened by director Chris Menges' refusal to sentimentalize his characters..." 07/01/1988 p.C1
Chris Menges
Barbara Hershey
Cast & Crew
Barbara Hershey - Actor
Brian Morris - Production Designer
Chris Menges - Director
Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
Jeroen Krabbe - Actor
Jodhi May - Actor
Nadine Chalmers - Actor
Nicolas Gaster - Editor
Peter Biziou - Cinematographer
Sarah Radclyffe - Producer
Shawn Slovo - Writer
Tim Brevan, et. al. - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1008763
UPC 00027616927552
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
British Academy Awards (1989) Shawn Slovo, Winner, Best Screenplay - Original,David Suchet, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Cannes Film Festival (1988) Barbara Hershey, Jodhi May, & Linda Mvusi, Winner, Best Actress
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Where Chris Menges' A World Apart falters artistically, it gains emotionally, with an unabashed raised fist for black South Africa. Here's a film that doesn't equivocate, that goes for the gut with disarmingly melodramatic abandon.
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review A World Apart is about the specific ways in which individual lives are affected by a legal system in which one's rights depend on one's race...The film is the first directorial work by Chris Menges, the cinematographer of The Killing Fields and The Mission. It is strong, angry and troubling.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Hi-fi Stereo, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

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