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Out of Africa (1985)

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In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

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Follows the life of Karen Blixen, who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband. Written by Tony Bridges <tbridges@spicer.com>

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20 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jenseits von Afrika  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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$87,100,000 (USA)
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Robert Redford initially intended to play Denys Finch Hatton, as an Englishman. That was later nixed by director Sydney Pollack, who felt it would be too distracting for audiences. Redford had to overdub some of his lines from early takes, when he used a trace of English accent. See more »

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At the New Years Eve party, the drummer uses contemporary nylon-tipped sticks. See more »

Quotes

Karen Blixen: Oh! get away from there! Shoo Shoo!
Denys: Shoo?
Karen Blixen: Oh! That's all my crystal, my Limoges.
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God Save the King!
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Deserved praise?
22 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What makes a good film? It's funny I lent my DVD of this to a mate recently and although she didn't hate it she didn't get it either. Which surprised me because, to me, there has never been any doubt in my mind about the beauty and quality of this film. Anyway I was surfing IMDb and decided to look at this page. There is (or was) a thread on the discussion board about whether this was a good or bad film, I clicked on it. I have never (in my modest surfing of this site) seen such a big thread. Surely a film that evokes that much passion (the majority of which was positive and defencive) has achieved something.

I'm not saying that Out of Africa is the best film I've ever seen (I've yet to see that one!) but I think I can safely say that it has secured a place for itself both in cinematic history and the future of entertainment. You see at it heart it is a well made, timeless epic.

Yes there will always be the people who take exception to the accents, dislike the ending or believes it drags on for too long, but that's their lost, I can't help thinking they haven't been patient enough (and this annoys me).

You see the thing is in many ways the endless beauty of this film lies in its subtleties. Yes you have Meryl Streep and Redford flanked by the scenery and music, but for me it's the things like Pollock's direction, Michael Kitchen's performance and Karen's interaction with member's of the tribe that make the film.

Part of me wants to tie my mate to a chair and make her sit and watch this until she gets it. The other half is slightly relieved, because I feel that with her rejection this film is ever so slightly more exclusively mine, and I know that although I'm still only young I will always have time a space for it!


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