The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then dissolving after their journey. Written by
Greg Bole <email@example.com>
Did You Know?
Star Patrick Bergin
portrayed Victorian poet, linguist, explorer, and anthropologist Sir Richard Burton who had the same real first name and same last stage name as the later famous stage and screen actor Richard Burton
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Although Larry Oliphant is portrayed as a homosexual, by all accounts he was in real life heterosexual: the filmmakers changed his sexual orientation to create a more dramatic reason for Speke's betrayal of Burton after all they had gone through together. See more
Arab chief in Cairo
In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy.
Wagogo Soothing Song
Recorded by David Fanshawe
From the album "Africa - Ceremonial & Folk Music" See more