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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
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R.I.P. Nigel Davenport
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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)
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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Additional Details

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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 »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Born Free: A New Adventure (1996) (TV)See more »
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Impressive madness, 9 June 2009
Author: lochinvar-1 from United States

What a grouch some people can be! You could dislike Gone with the Wind if you set your mind to it. Pay no attention to above grouches. If you would like a touching story of a couple in Africa trying to capture and save 3 lion cubs and move them to safety in the Serengetti then you will enjoy this. Very good for children who will love the cubs. How they managed to shoot these scenes I don't know. Nigel Davenport is at least as good as Bill Travers (who was never likely to be mistaken for Laurence Olivier) and Susan Hampshire is way better than Virginia McKenna who was always an insipid blushing English lily at best.

If you like modern Hollywood films then sorry, no rape, gratuitous violence, swearing, sexual perversions or murder. Just a decent movie for decent people. Ho-hum.

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