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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 »
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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:
Returning Lions To The Wild 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)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The theme song was not heard on the original British release of the film, although it later won Best Song Oscar.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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Soundtrack:
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Returning Lions To The Wild, 8 May 1999
Author: Paul Arthur from London, England

Set in Kenya in the 1960's, and based on factual events, the film is the story of how a young orphaned lion cub is rescued by a British colonial couple who run a wildlife sanctuary and then prepared for a return to the wild. The scenery is spectacular, and the thin dividing line between death and survival in the wild is palpable. But the film is not only about struggle, it is, in an almost unique way, a love story too; one between a woman and a lioness. Hugely popular when released, the film still has the power to move. An especially good movie for families.

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