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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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Born Free
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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
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Nigel Davenport ... George Adamson
Susan Hampshire ... Joy Adamson
Geoffrey Keen ... Kendall
Edward Judd ... Game Warden Weaver
Peter Lukoye ... Nuru
Shane De Louvre ... Makedde (as Shane De Louvres in opening credits)
Robert Beaumont ... Billy Collins
Nobby Noble ... Bank Manager
Charles Hayes ... Herbert Baker
Allaudin Qureshi ... Bank Clerk (as Aludin Quershi)
Jean Hayes ... Mrs. Herbert Baker
Elsa ... Herself
Jespah ... Himself
Gopa ... Herself
Little Elsa ... Herself
James Kamau

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)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G (MPAA rating: certificate #22834)

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Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna were asked to reprise their roles as George and Joy Adamson but declined.See more »
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Follows Born Free (1966)See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten and forgettable sequel, 5 April 2005
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

'Living Free' is one of those obscure sequels to huge hits that most people don't even know exist. In this case it's not hard to see why: it's pretty awful.

Susan Hampshire and Nigel Davenport make poor replacements for Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna. While you wouldn't expect them to match the original couple's easy familiarity, these two don't look like they've even been introduced yet. Worse, the film is a clumsy mess, the first quarter a clumsy rehash of the first film mixing stock footage with awkward reshot word-for-word versions of scenes restaged by the new stars with all the confidence of a blindfolded kid with both legs tied together trying to hit a piñata (although you do get to see Geoffrey Keene play a scene absolutely identically to his performance with the more experienced stars a few years earlier). When the plot does get going in the last half hour there are some genuinely tense scenes as they attempt to cage Elsa the Lioness's cubs to take them to a new reserve before they are destroyed as a menace to local farms, but you'll probably have given up by then. It doesn't even have the benefit of Scope photography or a John Barry score to sugar the pill, often looking more like a poor TV pilot than a real film (and indeed a TV series did briefly follow, albeit with a new cast). Not good.

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