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The Bushbaby (1969)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  31 October 1970 (USA)
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The young daughter of a park ranger in Tanzania is distressed to learn that she and her father must permanently return to England, thus separating her from the one thing she loves most, a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Leclere ...
Jackie (as Margaret Brooks)
Tembo (as Lou Gossett)
John Leeds
Laurence Naismith ...
Prof. 'Cranky' Crankshaw
Marne Maitland ...
The Hadj
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Noel Howlett ...
Rev. Barlow
Tommy Ansah ...
Jumoke Debayo ...
Bus Woman
Harold Goodwin ...
Charles Hyatt ...
Willie Jonah ...
Police Sergeant
Simon Lack ...
First Officer
Victor Maddern ...


The young daughter of a park ranger in Tanzania is distressed to learn that she and her father must permanently return to England, thus separating her from the one thing she loves most, a pet Bushbaby. Fearing what the future holds she decides to set the pet free but while doing so misses the boat back to England. After meeting up with a friendly native they try to resolve the situation together. Things take a turn for the worse when it is falsely reported that the native has kidnapped her, thus putting a price on his head. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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A true-to-life adventure as big as Africa itself.


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31 October 1970 (USA)  »

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A Menina das Selvas  »

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Tembo refers to Jackie numerous times as "mtoto". Mtoto is Swahili for "child." See more »


[first lines]
Jackie: [Jackie and Tembo are chasing a small galago around a baobab tree] Where is he?
Tembo: Sshh!
Jackie: [after Tembo catches the creature he hands it to Jackie] Oh! Oh, he's so tiny!
Tembo: He's a young one.
Jackie: What shall I call him?
Tembo: He has many names: bushbaby, galago... In Swahili he's called "Komba."
Jackie: Komba! That's marvelous.
[to Komba]
Jackie: Hey Komba, Komba...!
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Sweet personable story ...
25 August 2001 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

The Bushbaby(1969) 1st watched 8/24/01 - 6 out of 10(Dir-John Trent): Sweet personable story about a young girl who stayed behind in Africa by accident tending to her pet bushbaby while her father leaves on a boat to London. Good side story with Lou Gossett as a friend who is accussed of kidnapping in the racist-filled South Africa before the local government took over. Much deeper than most kids movies w/ the cute bushbaby just kind of being a attention-getter for the young audience. Quick unsatisfying ending, but also has mesmerizing cinematography of African animal life.

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