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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:
20 December 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 28 wins & 29 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Deserved praise? 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

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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Meryl Streep was extremely nervous throughout the hair-washing scene, which was shot close to some very territorial hippopotamus.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Berkeley Cole:He likes giving gifts... but not at Christmas.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Sonata in A major (K.331) 'Rondo alla Turca'See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Deserved praise?, 22 September 2006
Author: gaiter88 from United Kingdom

What makes a good film? It's funny I lent my DVD of this to a mate recently and although she didn't hate it she didn't get it either. Which surprised me because, to me, there has never been any doubt in my mind about the beauty and quality of this film. Anyway I was surfing IMDb and decided to look at this page. There is (or was) a thread on the discussion board about whether this was a good or bad film, I clicked on it. I have never (in my modest surfing of this site) seen such a big thread. Surely a film that evokes that much passion (the majority of which was positive and defencive) has achieved something.

I'm not saying that Out of Africa is the best film I've ever seen (I've yet to see that one!) but I think I can safely say that it has secured a place for itself both in cinematic history and the future of entertainment. You see at it heart it is a well made, timeless epic.

Yes there will always be the people who take exception to the accents, dislike the ending or believes it drags on for too long, but that's their lost, I can't help thinking they haven't been patient enough (and this annoys me).

You see the thing is in many ways the endless beauty of this film lies in its subtleties. Yes you have Meryl Streep and Redford flanked by the scenery and music, but for me it's the things like Pollock's direction, Michael Kitchen's performance and Karen's interaction with member's of the tribe that make the film.

Part of me wants to tie my mate to a chair and make her sit and watch this until she gets it. The other half is slightly relieved, because I feel that with her rejection this film is ever so slightly more exclusively mine, and I know that although I'm still only young I will always have time a space for it!

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