A Far Off Place (1993)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  12 March 1993 (USA)
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The witty Nonni and the stuck-up city-boy Harry are the only ones to survive a massacre of a gang of poachers among the gamekeeper's family on his lonesome farm in the savanna. Now the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Winslow (as Ethan Randall)
John Ricketts
Sarel Bok ...
Paul Parker (as Robert Burke)
Elizabeth Parker
John Winslow
Col. Mopani Theron
Fidelis Cheza ...
Taffy Chihota ...
Warden Robert
Anthony Chinyanga ...
Brian Cooper ...
Store Keeper
Magdalene Damas ...
John Indi ...


The witty Nonni and the stuck-up city-boy Harry are the only ones to survive a massacre of a gang of poachers among the gamekeeper's family on his lonesome farm in the savanna. Now the ruthless murderers are after them as the only witnesses. Without a means of transportation, the only way to escape is to walk through 2000 kilometers of Kalahari desert with the help of the African bushman Xhabbo. On the months-long journey ahead they not only become good friends against their differences, but also realize that every one of them has strength and skills that are required to survive. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A far off land. A far off journey. A far off adventure. See more »

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Rated PG for violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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12 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A far off place - äventyret i Kalahariöknen  »

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$12,890,752 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The film started production with René Manzor as director. About three weeks into filming, he was fired, along with cinematographer Pal Gyulay and several other crew members, after Disney executives viewed the initial dailies. Among other things, the footage was severely out of focus; this was blamed on both Gyulay (who was described as "in over his head" and "out of his league") and the production's older set of Panavision anamorphic lenses. Executive producer Kathleen Kennedy originally asked Mikael Salomon to take over as cinematographer (she had shown him an early draft of the script, which he loved, while they were working together on Always (1989), and he asked her to remember him if there was a chance for him to shoot it). However, Steven Spielberg pushed for Salomon to be offered the job of director, knowing that he had been wanting to move from cinematography to directing for some time. After accepting, Salomon asked Juan Ruiz Anchía to be the new cinematographer, and rush-ordered a set of Panavision's newer, sharper Primo anamorphic lenses. See more »


After the dog was in the fight with the pack of hounds he had multiple wounds. In the next scenes he has none. See more »


Nonnie Parker: We're dead now, we can have whatever we want.
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Pilot (1993) See more »


Written and Performed by Mac Prindy
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Wow, touching story
9 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This story has so much knowledge and truth behind it, it's amazing. Reese is very good in this movie, and it's one of her best films ever. She is amazing & she is smart in this movie. Staying strong and surviving is harder than TV shows, and this movie teaches us so much. That friends and family is more important than anything, and we can make it through difficult times if we just stick together and stay strong. This film is great, and I respect Reese alot more than what I already did now. She should be proud to have portrayed such an emotional and well-rounded role. I'm sure she is proud. This film is great, the acting is cool, and it's emotional. But it's good family fun, or maybe just fun for the Reese fanatic like me.

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