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Debbie is a 1965 South African Afrikaans film by Elmo de Witt.

The film

The film is based on the book by Tryna du Toit called Groen Koring. It is a story which highlights the differences between conservative and liberal people and focuses on the struggles of an individual caught up in both worlds.

Debbie is an innocent girl from the country who falls pregnant and, as a result, experiences prejudice and the problems facing an unwed mother first hand. Her own parents no longer want anything to do with her and her boyfriend's parents suggest that she has an abortion. She has to choose between rejection on the one hand and pressure on the other.

Production team

Directed by Elmo de Witt with writing credits due to Elmo de Witt (screenplay), Gilbert Gibson and Stoffel Pienaar (additional dialogue), Fanus Rautenbach (contributing writer) and Tryna du Toit (novel). It was co-produced by Ivan Hall, music was by Chris Lamprecht and Manley van Niekerk, cinematography by Manie Botha and Louis de Witt and film editing by Elmo de Witt.

The cast

The cast includes Suzanne van Oudtshoorn ("Debbie Malan"), Leon le Roux ("Paul Hugo"), Gert van den Bergh ("Dr. Chris Hugo"), Dawid van der Walt ("Pieter le Grange"), Beryl Gresak ("Tina Hugo"), Siegfried Mynhardt ("Mr. Malan"), Hettie Uys ("Mrs. Malan"), Emsie Botha ("Trudi"), Sann de Lange ("Hester Schoombie"), Cobus Rossouw ("Bennie"), Wena Naudé (woman in church), Cathy Meyers, Johan du Plooy (magistrate's assistant), June Neethling (adoptive mother), Vonk de Ridder ("Johan"), Frances Fuchs (Debbie's aunt), Robert van Tonder, Deanne de Witt ("Debbie and Paul's daughter"), Elmo de Witt ("Wedding guest"), Ivan Hall ("Wedding guest"), Manie Botha ("Wedding guest / Student"), Louis de Witt ("wedding guest"), Fanus Rautenbach ("wedding guest"), Gilbert Gibson ("wedding guest"), Stoffel Pienaar ("wedding guest"). Wilhelm Esterhuizen ("wedding guest"), Tryna du Toit ("wedding guest"), Whitney Walls ("wedding guest"), Gerald Dannaher ("wedding guest"), Nola du Preez ("wedding guest") and Liz Gerke ("wedding guest").

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