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Out of Africa (1985)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  20 December 1985 (USA)
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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.



(based upon: "Out of Africa" and other writings), (book), 2 more credits »
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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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Based on a true story.


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Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jenseits von Afrika  »

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Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)


$87,100,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sydney Pollack initially never considered Meryl Streep for the role of Karen Blixen as he figured she wasn't sexy enough. Streep landed the part by showing up for her meeting with the director wearing a low-cut blouse and a push-up bra. See more »


When Karen Blixen is offering a box of cigars to the chief of the tribe the cigars are made by the La Paz factory of the Netherlands. This factory started to export cigars not until the 1960s. See more »


Kamante: I think that you had better get up. I think that God is coming.
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References Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919) See more »


There Is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast
(uncredited) (1885) from "The Mikado"
Written by William S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan
Immediately after Bror advises her to change out of her wedding clothes, she snoops around Finch Hatton's room. An instrumental version is heard playing in the background.
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I had a farm in Africa

What a memorable gem of a movie!! I thought this film deserved every one of its seven Academy Awards it got. After viewing this film again I'm just stupefied why didn't Meryl Streep win Best Actress in this movie. The role of Karen Blixen was very complex and she performed it beautifully. This is probably right up there with "Sophie's Choice" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" both Award winning performances for her and this is right there with "Bridges of Madison County" and "A Cry in the Dark".

Syndey Pollock hit the nail right on the head with this classic beautiful cinematography. The acting is excellent by Streep, Redford, and Klaus Maria Brandeur. I liked the scene when Karen (Streep) wants her servant to address her by her name and he said "You are Karen, Sabu". I also loved the owl that she had in her room - it was a small one, but it was so cute and I loved it.

If you have a chance to rent this movie, please do - it is a classic. I love the beginning line "I had a farm in Africa" it was so moving!!

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