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Director:
Writers:
Karen Blixen (based upon: "Out of Africa" and other writings)
Judith Thurman (book)
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Release Date:
18 December 1985 (USA) See more »
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Based on a true story.
Plot:
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 7 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 25 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Hits all the right notes, at multiple levels. See more (189 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meryl Streep ... Karen

Robert Redford ... Denys

Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Bror

Michael Kitchen ... Berkeley

Malick Bowens ... Farah
Joseph Thiaka ... Kamante
Stephen Kinyanjui ... Kinanjui

Michael Gough ... Delamere
Suzanna Hamilton ... Felicity

Rachel Kempson ... Lady Belfield

Graham Crowden ... Lord Belfield

Leslie Phillips ... Sir Joseph

Shane Rimmer ... Belknap
Mike Bugara ... Juma
Job Seda ... Kanuthia
Mohammed Umar ... Ismail

Donal McCann ... Doctor
Kenneth Mason ... Banker
Tristram Jellinek ... First Commissioner
Stephen B. Grimes ... Second Commissioner (as Stephen Grimes)
Annabel Maule ... Lady Byrne
Benny Young ... Minister
Sbish Trzebinski ... Beefy Drunk
Allaudin Qureshi ... Rajiv
Niven Boyd ... Young Officer

Iman ... Mariammo
Peter Strong ... Huge Man
Abdulla Sunado ... Esa (as Abdullah Sunado)
Amanda Parkin ... Victoria
Muriel Gross ... Lady Delamere
Ann Palmer ... Dowager
Keith Pearson ... Missionary Teacher
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Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
 
Writing credits
Karen Blixen (based upon: "Out of Africa" and other writings)

Judith Thurman (book "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Story Teller")

Errol Trzebinski (book "Silence Will Speak")

Kurt Luedtke (screenplay)

Produced by
Anna Cataldi .... associate producer
Terence A. Clegg .... co-producer (as Terence Clegg)
Kim Jorgensen .... executive producer
Sydney Pollack .... producer
Judith Thurman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry (original music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
David Watkin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring (edited by) (as Pembroke Herring)
Sheldon Kahn (edited by)
Fredric Steinkamp (edited by)
William Steinkamp (edited by)
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
 
Art Direction by
Colin Grimes 
Cliff Robinson 
Herbert Westbrook 
 
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
J. Roy Helland .... hair: Miss Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist: Miss Streep
Norma Hill .... makeup artist
Mary Hillman .... chief makeup artist
Joyce James .... hairdresser
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist: Mr. Redford
Vera Mitchell .... chief hairdresser
Suzanne Belcher .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Robin Forman Howard .... post-production supervisor (as Robin Forman)
Gerry Levy .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Button .... second assistant director
Jack Couffer .... second unit director
Patrick Kinney .... assistant director
George Menoe .... assistant director
Meja Mwangi .... assistant director
Tom Mwangi .... assistant director
David Tomblin .... first assistant director
Simon Trevor .... second unit director
Lee Cleary .... key second assistant director: UK (uncredited)
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bert Hearn .... prop master
Geoff Langley .... construction manager
Frank Billington-Marks .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
Peter Handford .... sound mixer
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
William L. Manger .... adr editor (as William Manger)
Tom McCarthy Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Larry Stensvold .... re-recording mixer
John Stevenson .... boom operator
Blake R. Cornett .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Malcolm Davies .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Paul Pavelka .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Idin Roshan .... sound transfer engineer (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John Sutton .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects: matte paintings (uncredited)
Mark Freund .... optical cameraman: Illusion Arts (uncredited)
Steve Gawley .... model maker (uncredited)
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Jay Riddle .... animation camera: ILM (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial photography
Alan Barry .... best boy
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Rodrigo Gutierrez .... camera operator: second unit
Ray Hall .... grip
Ricky Hall .... grip
Ibrahim Jibril .... grip
Ali Matata .... grip
Mohamed Ngela .... grip
Mahmud Sheikh Omar .... grip
Stephen St. John .... steadicam operator (as Steve St. John)
Mohamed Wafula .... grip
Douglas Kirkland .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Sarah Withey .... local casting: Kenya
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephen Cornish .... wardrobe
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe (as Kenny Crouch)
Andres Fernandez-Sotillos .... wardrobe (as Andres Fernandez Sotillos)
David Garrett .... costume maker
Jenny Hawkins .... wardrobe (as Jennie Hawkins)
Joanna Johnston .... assistant costume designer
Pat McEwan .... wardrobe
Elizabeth Ryrie .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Jeffrey James Bell .... assistant editor (as Jeffrey Bell)
Don Brochu .... assistant editor
Claudio M. Cutry .... associate editor (as Claudio Cutry)
Craig Herring .... assistant editor
Rick Meyer .... assistant editor
Joe Mosca .... assistant editor (as Joseph Mosca)
Saul Saladow .... assistant editor
Karl F. Steinkamp .... assistant editor (as Karl Steinkamp)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... original music conducted by
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor (as Clif Kohlweck)
George W. Senoga-Zake .... music advisor: African music
Alan Smyth .... music research
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Margaret Adams .... production coordinator
Christine Buuri .... production secretary
Nelson Chege .... advisor: Kikuyu
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Brian Gibbs .... production accountant
David Hilton .... production assistant
Allan James .... location manager
Patricia Johnson .... publicist
Phill Norman .... designer: main title
Grania O'Shannon .... location manager
Lissa Ruben .... script supervisor
Monty Ruben .... production consultant
John Sutton .... field consultant
John Sutton .... location consultant
Thomas Thanangadan .... production assistant
Hubert Wells .... chief animal trainer
Alex Matcham .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Syd Dutton .... special thanks: Illusion Arts, Inc.
Bill Taylor .... special thanks: Illusion Arts, Inc.
 
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Runtime:
161 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)
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Trivia:
The film was shot on location in Africa, but local laws prohibited the use of wild animals in film. Trained lions were imported from California.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Denys's hair changes in the middle of scenes. This is more noticeable during the New Years ball.See more »
Quotes:
Denys:You've ruined it for me, you know.
Karen Blixen:Ruined what?
Denys:Being alone.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Saturn in Opposition (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for Violin & Viola (K. 364)See more »

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106 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
Hits all the right notes, at multiple levels., 30 June 2003
Author: Greg Winter from Garden City, NY

This is one of those rare movies that has something for everybody and is nearly perfect in many respects. Many of the negative comments about the film here are one dimensional and fail to see the multiple levels on which the movie operates.

First, there's the political level: Colonial Africa before, during, and after World War II populated by all of Europe (and America), and Karen Blixen caught in the middle between Germany and England. Interestingly, the settlers are willing to die for their countries eventhough they have little idea why they are going to war, and communication between Kenya and Europe lags by months, not weeks.

There's the sociological level: White Europeans attempting to civilize and Westernize an essentially foreign land and people. I think the movie does a great job of intimating how the Kikuyus, the Somali, and Masai saw European settlers in their land - comical, enigmatic, and out of their element. Instead of fading into the background, the movie would fail without the simple wisdom of Farah who knows more than any of the white settlers in his land. ("This water must go to Mombasa". "God is great, Saboo"). Interestingly, Sikh Indians are brought to the English Gentlemen's club to act as servants and when Karen dares to enter the men's only den, it's the Sikh who is responsible for escorting her out; none of the English "gentlemen" have the balls or nerve to do it. An interesting observation on the English White man's view of the world before World War I.

Historically, the film portrays real people with some fidelity since all of the characters, even Farah and Kumante, were based on actual people; Kumante was even alive and consulted during the filming in 1982/3. The character of Felicity is based on Beryl Markham, a truly magnificent woman who wrote "West with the Night" which might even portray colonial Africa better than Isak Dineson did.

As a travel log, the movie works as well as any National Geographic since we see, (vicariously through Karen) as she watches a platoon of Masai warriers running through salt flats in full battle dress, as she learns about lions in wild, and how a herd of Elephants looks and sounds from a biplane.

Narratively, "Out of Africa" is not just a "chic flic" as someone posted, unless the poster thinks that all romances are essentially chic flics. I generally can't stand romances, but this operates not just as a romance between people (Karen and Blix, Karen and Dennis) but between people and place. The passion they felt for each other was matched or exceeded by their passion for Africa. When the movie was over, I too had fallen in love with Africa.

The movie can be watched simply for its Cinematography, editing, sound, and set design alone. What other movie integrates poetry by Coleridge and Houseman, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, and the writing of Isak Dineson so easily that you barely notice it? Many scenes translate into still works of art: A bottle of wine and peaches on the hunting table, a Victrola playing Mozart in the African bush, a rainbow over raging falls, lions surveying the land from the Ngong hills.

Such a great and beautiful movie. One that I will watch over and over again until an opportunity to see Victoria falls comes my way.

By the way. I agree that the weakest link in the movie is Robert Redford as Dennis Finch Hadden since his accent is non-existent, but then again I thought that as an American in colonial England (as Hemingway was at this same time), it plays much better.

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