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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:
A Good Woman In Africa 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
David Rayfiel did an uncredited rewrite of the script.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Karen Blixen opens Denys' tie twice while undressing him in her sleeping-room.See more »
Quotes:
Baron Bror Blixen:That's a fine kiss goodbye.
Karen Blixen:I'm better at hello.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Saturn in Opposition (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
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38 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
A Good Woman In Africa, 30 August 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This is an overlong film derived from Isak Dinesen's memoirs of running a coffee plantation in Kenya in the early years of the twentieth century. The book is a different kettle of fish altogether, but I won't go into that. Sydney Pollock does a fine job of directing here, but in a way the movie is almost overproduced. There was, it seems, so much time and money to play with that the film drags an awful lot. Kurt Luedtke's script is laconic in the Hemingway manner, and very smart, though some of the ultra-sophisticated one-liners began to irritate me after a while. Pollock has a fine dramatic instinct and I wish that there was more drama in this film for him to lavish his talent on. The location shooting is superb, and the depiction of home and village life in colonial Africa is nicely done. I find the romance between Dinesen (called by her real name, Baroness Karen Blixen) and aviator-adventurer Denis Finch-Hatton, less than compelling, partly because, as the latter, Robert Redford refuses to use a British accent, which gives the movie a Hollywood feel, not a bad thing in itself, but the film was made in Africa, with a mostly British cast, and Meryl Streep as Blixen uses an impeccable Danish accent, which makes Redford seem like a fish out of water. This is bothersome because in many ways Redford is well cast in the role, thus his American diction seems like sheer willfulness on his part, which it probably was. Streep is fine in her role, and is especially good in her grand dame moments, as lady of the manor.

There are some worthwhile incidental pleasures in this film. John Barry's fine score is perfect for the material, and really soars near the end, appropriately I imagine since one of the two main characters is an aviator. In supporting roles, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Suzanna Hamilton and Michael Gough work small wonders. The use of Mozart, while true to life, makes this post-Amadeus film seem already like a period piece; the period being the 1980's. Mozart was all the rage in those days. His great music is, however, non- if not anti-emotional, and it's odd that it was used so often in the movie. The effect of the music is somewhat intimidating in the context of the romance at the center of the film, as it doesn't suit at all what's happening on screen, which can't help but make the viewer think that perhaps he's missing something; or maybe the film is just too smart for him. This is, again, a very eighties sort of feeling, of the sort of one gets from watching Chariots Of Fire, or listening to the music David Byrne and Laurie Anderson.

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