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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Joy Adamson (book)
Lester Cole (screenplay) (originally as Gerald L.C. Copley)
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Release Date:
22 June 1966 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
From The Pages Of The Beloved Best Seller... A Motion Picture To Delight All The World!
Plot:
Joy Adamson and her husband, Kenya game warden George Adamson, raise Elsa, a lion cub. When Elsa approaches maturity... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great Heart warming movie See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Virginia McKenna ... Joy Adamson

Bill Travers ... George Adamson
Geoffrey Keen ... Kendall
Peter Lukoye ... Nuru
Omar Chambati ... Makkede
Bill Godden ... Sam
Bryan Epsom ... Baker
Robert Cheetham ... Ken
Robert S. Young ... James (as Robert Young)
Geoffrey Best ... Watson
Surya Patel ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pati ... Rock Hyrax (uncredited)
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Directed by
James Hill 
Tom McGowan (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Joy Adamson (book)

Lester Cole (screenplay) originally as Gerald L.C. Copley

Produced by
Sam Jaffe .... producer
Paul B. Radin .... producer (as Paul Radin)
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Talbot (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Don Deacon 
 
Production Management
Sidney G. Barnsby .... production supervisor
L.C. Rudkin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William P. Cartlidge .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Bob Jones .... sound recordist (as Robert Jones)
Richard Best Jr. .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator (as Rodney Anstiss)
Tom Watson .... gaffer
Wally Wheatley .... grip
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gordon Davie .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Sidney Margo .... music contractor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Adamson .... chief technical adviser
Carl Foreman .... presenter
Hal Mason .... production coordinator
Jane Oscroft .... production secretary
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Peter Whitehead .... animal supervisor
Sieuwke Bisleti .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Haile Selassie .... the producers are also most grateful for help received from (as His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Open Road Films (II) (as An Open Road - Atlas Co-Production) (as Open Road Films Ltd. also)
  • Atlas (as An Open Road - Atlas Co-Production) (as Atlas Films Ltd. also)
  • Highroad (uncredited)
DistributorsOther Companies
  • Game Department of Uganda, The  the producers are also most grateful for help received from (as The Game Department of Uganda)
  • Kenya Game Department  photographed entirely on location in the Republic of Kenya with the kind co-operation of, to whom the makers of the film wish to express their gratitude (as The Kenya Game Department)
  • National Parks of Kenya  photographed entirely on location in the Republic of Kenya with the kind co-operation of, to whom the makers of the film wish to express their gratitude (as the Kenya National Parks)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some wild animal action and brief language
Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Elsa's grave is located in Meru National Park, Kenya.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After another failure in the effort to find the right formula for the cubs, George asks Joy which number they're up to. She replies, "Nineteen." In the next two scenes, the "next" formula, the one that works, is referred to them both as number seventeen.See more »
Quotes:
Joy Adamson:Elsa, Elsa
[Joy cries sitting out on the hood of the truck as they ride in search of the young lioness]
George Adamson:Let's try this.
[2 shots ring out from his gun. George sees Elsa stumbling through the grass, approaching their vehicle]
Joy Adamson:all my nightmares had come true.
[Now Elsa rests in their tent as they argue over her]
George Adamson:...she can't make it. she can't think. she can't mix with her own kind... She can't do anything the wild animals do to survive. You've done too good a job on her. You've made her tame. It's too late to try to let her go wild now. All we're doing is making her miserable, torturing her. How could you be so cruel?
Joy Adamson:You keep quiet George.
George Adamson:I don't know what goes on in that head of yours anymore... What's wrong with a zoo, anyway?
Joy Adamson:nothing. Except that she won't be free.
[...]
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Great Heart warming movie, 29 March 2005
Author: garyldibert from United States

You always here the story or the expression that you can't take wild animals and try to them into pets. This movie tells and shows you why. The movie is based on a true story from a book by Joy Adamson. The movie is set back in the 1950 era when George Adamson who is the game warden for the Kenya area in Africa. While out on a routine run George has to kill a charging female lion in self defense. After George kills the lion he discovers that the lion was a mother as three lion cubs come out of no where. George takes the 3 cub's home because he knows that if he didn't the cubs will die. When the cubs get too much to handle they have to make the hardest decision of their life. Do they send the animals to the Rotterdam Zoo? Do they send all the cubs or do they keep one? To me the acting was great as Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna play George and Joy Adamson. As a side note McKenna also narrates the story as Joy voice-over, using the book. The real star of the show, though, is Elsa herself, actually played by three different lionesses. You can really see the genuine affection between the large cat and her caretakers as they interact. It is magical to watch. This movie would be great for you and your family because there's none of the following in this picture. There's really no violence, and there's no sex or any swearing for that matter. The entire movie was shot in Africa. If you can get the DVD the picture quality is as good as a movie that you would buy today. This review is based on my home addition of Born Free on DVD. You can get this DVD right here on Amazon.com and it by far better then the current VHS that's out there now. Based on the scenery alone I give this movie 7 weasel stars.

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