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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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plantation | marriage | love | africa | hunter | See more »

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Release Date:

18 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jenseits von Afrika  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$87,100,000 (USA)
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Leslie Phillips's cameo role in this film won him the part of Mr. Maxted in Empire of the Sun (1987). See more »

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When Karen and Denys are dining, a wing type corkscrew, with two arms, is clearly shown on the table. Later in the same scene, Denys uses it to open a bottle of wine. This type corkscrew was invented in 1939. See more »

Quotes

Karen Blixen: If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?
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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by all at the party
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Stunning
31 August 2001 | by (Rhode Island) – See all my reviews

This film is a masterpiece in all aspects. Of course, it's not for those looking for action or a fast-paced plot -- this film allows you to meet and get to know the characters with their virtues and foibles. The cinematography is incredible and John Barry's score is matchless; one of the very few scores which would diminish a film if absent. Meryl Streep was robbed of the Oscar; her meticulous German/Danish accent was first-rate. If I had to name the weakest attribute of the film, it's the casting of Robert Redford as Denys. He did a fine job, and it was understandable that he was cast in that role, due to his bankability, but in reality, Denys was not American. Redford is a bit too all-American for this role, but it's a minor detraction. This film is my next purchase on DVD -- I've seen it dozens of times and I never tire of it.


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