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Lost in the Stars (1974)

G | | Drama, Musical | 8 April 1974 (USA)
Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird) is Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searching the unfamiliar back alleys and shantytowns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom.

Director:

Daniel Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brock Peters ... Stephen Kumalo
Melba Moore ... Irina
Raymond St. Jacques ... John Kumalo
Clifton Davis ... Absalom
Paul Rogers ... James Jarvis
Paula Kelly ... Rose
Alan Weeks Alan Weeks ... Matthew
Paulene Myers ... Grace
John Williams ... Judge
Ivor Barry Ivor Barry ... Carmichael
Harvey Jason ... Arthur Jarvis
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Johannes
H.B. Barnum III H.B. Barnum III ... Alex
Myrna White Myrna White ... Linda
William Glover William Glover ... Eland (as Bill Glover)
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Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird) is Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searching the unfamiliar back alleys and shantytowns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom.

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The shattering drama, the haunting music, the unforgettable love story.

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson's Lost in the Stars See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only film in the American Film Theater series to get a G rating from the MPAA. See more »

Connections

Remake of Cry, the Beloved Country (1951) See more »

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tribute to Brock Peters
7 March 2006 | by jimi99See all my reviews

I waited a long time for AFT to release their films from the early 70s, and this one was one of the best I've seen so far. It is truly one of the best screen musicals of all time, the songs being more operatic in that they are so charged emotionally and delivered with great feeling. You will not be humming a catchy ditty after the movie ends, but in its place will be a sense of sadness as well as buoyant nobility. As an indictment of apartheid, it stands supreme in film, with the possible exception of "Amandla!" which of course was made later and gets to have the happy ending of the long struggle.

I have also long been a fan of Brock Peters, who died last summer, and watching "Lost in the Stars" only emphasized how much I missed him in film after his career started with such great roles in "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Pawnbroker," and "Porgy and Bess." He did have a long and consistent career in TV and voice-over work (one of the greatest voices ever!) but film roles were few and far between. His singing and acting here are nothing short of grand.


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