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A Far Off Place (1993)

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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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Harry Winslow (as Ethan Randall)
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John Ricketts
Sarel Bok ...
Xhabbo
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Paul Parker (as Robert Burke)
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Elizabeth Parker
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John Winslow
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Col. Mopani Theron
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Jardin
Fidelis Cheza ...
Tracker
Taffy Chihota ...
Warden Robert
Anthony Chinyanga ...
Doctor
Brian Cooper ...
Store Keeper
Magdalene Damas ...
Nuin-Tara
John Indi ...
Bamuthi
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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 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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bushman | kalahari | farm | gamekeeper | desert | See more »

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Thrown together on an incredible African adventure, they have only one hope for survival... each other. See more »


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

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12 March 1993 (USA)  »

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$12,890,752 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Xhabbo: Gods are like old people. You think they are deaf, but they are not.
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ZEPPOMANIA
Written and Performed by Wesley Plass
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Reese Witherspoon at her finest
22 October 1998 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

A Far Off Place is indeed an excellent film. The main reason for this is the characters, the character of Nonnie Parker (Reese Witherspoon) in particular.

Reese's character of Vanessa Lutz in "Freeway" was, like the rest of the movie, one of Matthew Bright's bad acid-trips. The character of Nonnie Parker, however, is portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in such a way that Nonnie takes on a life of her own. She doesn't say much, we don't know much about her, yet for some reason, she seems as real as you and me. If you're really into the movie, you might even fall in love with her.

Reese Witherspoon has portrayed several different types of characters, so it's doubtful we'll ever know what she's like off-screen. I would hope, however, that she's just like Nonnie Parker.


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