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Living Free -- Sequel to BORN FREE. When Elsa's three mischievious cubs begin wreaking havoc on the nearby villages, Joy and her husband are forced to move them hundreds of miles to a game preserve.


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Joy Adamson (book)
Millard Kaufman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 April 1972 (Japan) See more »
Elsa the Lioness was BORN FREE...Now her cubs are LIVING FREE - DANGEROUSLY! See more »
When Elsa's three mischievous cubs begin wreaking havoc on the nearby villages, Joy and her husband are forced to move them hundreds of miles to a game preserve. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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British Thesp Nigel Davenport Dies at 85
 (From Variety - Film News. 29 October 2013, 4:37 PM, PDT)

British Thesp Nigel Davenport Dies at 85
 (From Variety - TV News. 29 October 2013, 4:37 PM, PDT)

R.I.P. Nigel Davenport
 (From Deadline TV. 29 October 2013, 3:15 PM, PDT)

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Nigel Davenport ... George Adamson
Susan Hampshire ... Joy Adamson
Geoffrey Keen ... Kendall
Peter Lukoye ... Nuru
Shane De Louvre ... Makedde (as Shane De Louvres)
Robert Beaumont ... Billy Collins
Nobby Noble ... Bank Manager
Allaudin Qureshi ... Bank Clerk (as Aludin Quershi)
Charles Hayes ... Herbert Baker
Jean Hayes ... Mrs. Herbert Baker
Elsa ... Herself
Jespah ... Himself
Gopa ... Herself
Little Elsa ... Herself
James Kamau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Judd ... Weaver (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Couffer 
Writing credits
Joy Adamson (book)

Millard Kaufman (screenplay)

Produced by
Carl Foreman .... executive producer
Paul B. Radin .... producer (as Paul Radin)
Original Music by
Sol Kaplan 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Suschitzky (director of photography) (as Wolfgang Suschitsky)
Film Editing by
Don Deacon 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sidney G. Barnsby .... production supervisor
Eva Monley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivo Nightingale .... assistant director
Art Department
Terry Greenwood .... property man
Sound Department
Norman Bolland .... sound recordist
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (as Gerry Humphries)
Mike Tucker .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Couffer .... additional wildlife photography
Andrew Gray .... grip
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
David Wynn-Jones .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael R. Sloan .... assistant editor (as Michael Sloan)
William Parnell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Sol Kaplan .... conductor
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Sieuwke Bisleti .... assistant wildlife supervisor
Carl Foreman .... presenter
Marion Gray .... assistant production secretary
Noreen Hipwell .... production secretary
Angela Martelli .... continuity
William Roberts .... assistant wildlife supervisor
Cheryl Shawver .... assistant wildlife supervisor
Hubert Wells .... wildlife supervisor
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

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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Bill Travers and 'Virginia Mckenna' were asked to play the Adamsons again but declined.See more »
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Followed by To Walk with Lions (1999)See more »
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Ugh, 6 March 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

LIVING FREE is the low budget sequel to the original African lion classic, BORN FREE. It says a lot that Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna didn't return for this follow-up, which casts Nigel Davenport and Susan Hampshire as the same characters before going on to tell the same story.

And boy, is this horrendous. All of the charm and originality of the first film is missing here, leaving LIVING FREE feeling like a cheap cash-in more than anything else. The early scenes feature some excruciating re-staging of scenes from the first movie but with the new actors, while the latter half tells a straightforward story in a long and protracted way.

The problem with this film lies with the actors, who just don't have the genuine love for the animals that the original cast members did. Particularly awful is Susan Hampshire, whose acting is embarrassingly awful: grating, overstated, sanctimonious when delivering her lines. Even worse, Millard Kaufman's screenplay presents Joy Adamson as a selfish, self-centred and quite obnoxious character who cares only for her own enjoyment, and I'm sure this is a disservice to the real-life Adamson.

The only decent scenes in this are the scenes of the lion cubs playing and interacting with the natural world, but even these moments are spoiled by Hampshire's plummy, say-the-obvious voice-overs. Although I like this 'animal' sub-genre and especially classics like RING OF BRIGHT WATER and BORN FREE, LIVING FREE is definitely worth skipping.

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