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Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun (1988)

The singular life of Beryl Markham - renowned aviatrix, author and adventurer - is depicted. Raised by her father in colonial East Africa, Beryl hunted with the Maasai, bred thoroughbred ... See full summary »

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Beryl Clutterbuck Markham
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Lady Delamere
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Lord Jack Carberry
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Jock Purves
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Raoul Schumacher
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Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
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Emma Orchardson
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Arthur Kane
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Tom Campbell Black
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The singular life of Beryl Markham - renowned aviatrix, author and adventurer - is depicted. Raised by her father in colonial East Africa, Beryl hunted with the Maasai, bred thoroughbred horses, romanced Denys Finch-Hatton and defied constraining social rules. Based upon her own memoir 'West With the Night'. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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15 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Afrika, mein Leben  »

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Youg Beryl Markham was played by Nairobi Academy student Akix Dayken. Her mother Anne served as her stunt double in the horseback scenes. See more »

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If you enjoyed Out of Africa, you will enjoy this
2 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a pity that the extraordinarily full life and accomplishments of Beryl Markham had to be squeezed into a brief mini-series. Beginning with King Solomon's Mines back in the fifties, I have always enjoyed films set in Africa, especially when they were actually filmed on location.

Beryl Markham had a very adventurous and accomplished life, which the condensation into 3+ hours does not do justice. Unfortunately, she is portrayed more as a party girl, drunk, and unfaithful wife with a lousy choice in men, than for her brilliant accomplishments - racehorse trainer, bush pilot, record setting pilot, and author.

Having said that, for those who enjoyed "The Flame Trees of Thika", "Out of Africa" and "We of the Never Never" this is a very watchable film, and different from the usual fare.


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