The problem with the film is that it never quite figures out what it wants to be. However, during a check, they are accosted by the constable Nicol Williamson. There's another haunting experience here. Assisted by his lawyer Rina Van Niekirk and visiting British engineer Jim Keogh, he heads for Capetown where he hopes to recover a stash of diamonds, meant to finance revolutionary activities, that he had entrusted to a dentist before his incarceration. Not having seen this film, we were interesting in watching the duo formed by Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine, two excellent actors in an action film that is never dull.
During the course of fleeing Poitier seeks the aid of an Indian dentist played by Saeed Jeffrey and his assistant Persis Khambatta. Sidney and Caine play off each other well. Sometimes assisted by Caines' girlfriend Prunella Gee who is also the lawyer who helped to free Poitier , they must work to stay one step ahead of the sly, racist security agent Nicol Williamson, an antagonist par excellence. Then had a minor role in Start Trek when it was dying. He also plays a scrappier character than he often was permitted to play rather than the immaculately tailored and clean ones he frequently portrayed. As they escape from Cape Town to Johannesburg , across 900 miles or 1,448 kilometers. As Shack has only just been released from prison he will not receive his papers until the next day.
Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier played very powerful roles. Michael Caine is a foreigner in South Africa who gets dragged into the plot through his lawyer-girl friend Prunella Gee. It's quite a good cast. Unbeknownst to the pair, they are being followed. The film abruptly changes and moves into very strange territory.
The film, while fictional, is sort of about apartheid in South Africa. He's given more sarcastic or otherwise funny lines to deliver and does so adeptly. When they got the diamonds, there was two complicated factors: The Indian couple were involved in treachery within. Diamonds in hand, they have arranged for Blane, a private pilot, to fly them out of the country, which he does after Rina blackmails him by threatening to make public his drug usage and relationships with black women, illegal in South Africa. Rijk de Gooyer plays a Nazi-like security agent. Oscar winners Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier are well matched together.
The first scene is a longer by 4 min. The Wilby Conspiracy is generally a good film. Persis Khambatta plays a secondary role. Watch out for Rutger Hauer in small episode of pilot Blane. It then becomes a film all about the smuggling of diamonds to the rebels outside of South Africa. The steamy sex scene definitely sold a lot movie tickets, but it was awkwardly planted into the story.
It falters a little when shoddy effects and the inappropriate acting of Gee take center stage. Pairing Tony Curtis and Poitier together. They only get to the first police road block. Some technical ineptitude including a heavy reliance on questionable rear projection and a downright ridiculous use of speeding up the film mars the production slightly. If you liked this film you might watch Shoot to Kill 1988.
Entertaining yes, but a split personality. As Rina, her boyfriend, Jim Keogh, and Twala go downtown, their car is stopped and the police apprehend the just released man again. Over-the-range performances from Sidney Poitier as the hand-cuffed African and Michael Caine as a British engineer who is served with some amusing deadpan sentences. This film is not a classic, but is a pretty solid film to watch for entertainment. Fortunately, she has a few lower key scenes that help somewhat.
I also have to compliment the performances of Prunella Gee , Saeed Jaffrey and Persis Khambatta. A revolutions named Shack Twala Poitier gets released from prison and he his lawyer Prunella Gee were about to celebrate along side with her boyfriend Jim Caine. The pace never lets up. The film is set against a background of volatile race relations, but the political angle of the story isn't thrust forth too heavy-handedly. Rather than give it away here, watch the film. It made me laugh aloud at times. I was happily surprised by the excellent performances of both Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine.
Twala and Keogh go on the run, hoping to reach Johannesburg where Twala has a contact who can get them out of the country. The safari chase is amazing. Director Ralph was expert on all kinds of genres as Western : ¨Soldier Blue¨, ¨Duel at Diablo¨; Sci-Fi : ¨Embryo¨ ; Wartime : ¨Soldier in the rain¨ , ¨Father goose¨ ; and Drama : ¨Charly , ¨A hero ain't nothing' but a Sandwich¨ , ¨lady of the house¨ and his greatest hit ¨Lilies of the field¨ who had an inferior sequel titled ¨Christmas lilies of the field¨. His ne'er do well character begins to display some deeper sense of feeling as the film progresses. The action scenes directed by Amateau are first-rate, along with the stunning photography of the genuine Kenya locations, and the solid but never overwhelming soundtrack composed by Stanley Myers. The attic look like it had a lot more room and enough space to place a small boxspring and bed mattress and some bed sheets so the characters could make more intense, detailed love scenes. Caine and Portier are framed and on the run from the corrupt South American gov't.