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Out of Africa (1985)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,637,290, 22 December 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$87,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,185,197
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1.85 : 1
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The yellow biplane in which Denys and Karen fly over the savannah is a de Havilland D.H.60 Gipsy Moth, a forerunner to the famous Tiger Moth. The film implies that he had the airplane earlier than he did, but it was a Gypsy Moth. See more »

Goofs

When Denys Finch-Hatton brings a record player to Karen Blixen's home, he lowers his hand and the sound volume decreases. Volume was set at recording time, not at playback. See more »

Quotes

[after placing a gramophone in a field near wild baboons]
Denys: Think of it: never a man-made sound... and then Mozart!
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Referenced in The Book That Wrote Itself (1999) See more »

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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for Violin & Viola (K. 364)
(1779)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Alan Loveday Violin, Stephen Shingles Viola, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Directed by Neville Marriner
Used Courtesy of London Records, A Division of Polygram Classics, Inc.
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One of the Best Movies I have ever seen
15 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

OUT OF AFRICA is based on the memoirs of Danish writer Karen Blixen (pen name, Isak Dinesen) in a coffee plantation in present day Kenya. It explains how this brave woman overcomes the stereotype of a dainty, colonial British lady by running the coffee farm while her husband Bror Blixen (Brandauer) led a life of hunting and infidelities. Meryl Streep is great as Karen Blixen. She manages to maintain the realistic Danish accent through the whole film. Redford is great as Denys Finch-Hatton, the Etonian hunter who keeps companion in her loneliest and hardest. But the real attraction of the film is he outstanding photography of the African landscape together with the sweeping John Barry soundtrack that is probably the most beautiful movie soundtrack of the 1980s. OUT OF AFRICA will be regarded as Sydney Pollack's asterpiece and a Classic of our times.


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