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The Wilby Conspiracy

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The Wilby Conspiracy
Wilby conspiracy dvd cover.jpg
DVD Cover for The Wilby Conspiracy
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Ralph Wilson
Release Date 1975
Studio Baum/Dantine Productions
Optimus Productions Ltd.
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jim Keough Michael Caine
Shack Twala Sidney Poitier
Major Horn Nicol Williamson
Rina Van Niekirk Prunella Gee
Van Heerden Rijk de Gooyer
Dr. Mukarjee Saeed Jaffrey
Dr. Persis Ray Persis Khambatta
Blane Van Niekirk Rutger Hauer

The Wilby Conspiracy is a 1975 thriller film directed by Ralph Wilson (Counterpoint). Set in Apartheid-era South Africa, Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier star as a British mining engineer and an African activist who become fugitives of the law. They are pursued by a South African secret policeman (Nicol Williamson) who hopes that they will reveal the secret location of Wilby, leader of the anti-Apartheid movement.

The following weapons were used in the film The Wilby Conspiracy:


Webley .455 MK VI

A South African Police (SAP) officer draws a Webley .455 MK VI revolver while attempting to arrest Shack Twala (Sidney Poitier).

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
Twala knocks the Webley out of the officer's hand.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 (Snub)

Bureau of State Security (BOSS) agent Van Heerden (Rijk de Gooyer) uses a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 10 while threatening Jim Keough (Michael Caine) and his girlfriend Rina Van Niekirk (Prunella Gee).

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver Snub Nose - .38 Special.
Van Heerden threatens Keough while he is taking a bath.

Webley .455 MK V

BOSS agent Major Horn (Nicol Williamson) and Van Heerden both appear to use the Webley .455 MK V in the finale. Keough also uses a Webley .455 MK V.

Webley MK. V - .455 Webley
A production still of Jim Keough (Michael Caine) pointing a Webley revolver at Major Horn (Nicol Williamson).
Van Heerden holds a Webley revolver.
Dr. Ray and Shack Twala struggle over the revolver.
Major Horn holds Wilby Xaba (Joe De Graft) at gunpoint.
Keough fires the Webley while Twala watches.

Iver Johnson Revolver

Dr. Mukerjee (Saeed Jaffrey) and Dr. Persis Ray (Persis Khambatta) both use an Iver Johnson Revolver.

Iver Johnson - .32 S&W
Dr. Mukerjee holds a revolver.
Dr. Ray holds a revolver.


12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

An old man whom Keough and Twala encounter at a workshop wields a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
The old man points a shotgun at Keough and Twala.
The old man aims the shotgun.


Winchester Model 70

Rina's estranged husband Blane Van Niekirk (Rutger Hauer in his first English-language role) attempts to shoot Twala with a Winchester Model 70 before being disarmed by Keough. Keough then uses the rifle to force Blane to fly him, Twala and Rina across the border into Botswana.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
Blane adjusts the sights on his rifle.
Keough holds the rifle after disarming Blane.
Keough orders Blane to fly across the border while being pursued by the South African Air Force.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I

Sentries at the Black Congress camp in Botswana are armed with Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I - .303 British.
A messenger arrives at the Black Congress camp.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

Other guards at the Black Congress camp use Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles during the finale.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War, introduced in 1907 it has seen action throughout the 20th century.
Guards hold Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*s.
A guard with a Lee-Enfield is shot by a BOSS agent.

Submachine Guns

Sa 25

BOSS agents who attack the Black Congress camp in the finale fire Czech Sa 25 submachine guns.

Sa 25 - 9x19mm
A BOSS agent fires a Sa 25.
Another angle.
BOSS agents capture Wilby Xaba.
Major Horn, Van Heerden and another agent hold a crowd back at gunpoint.


Flare Gun

A BOSS agent fires a flare gun, possibly a Webley & Scott No.4 Mk. I, to bring in a helicopter to extract Wilby and Major Horn.

Webley & Scott No. 4 Mk. I Signal Pistol - 1 inch
A BOSS agent fires a flare gun.

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