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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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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)  »

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A far off place - äventyret i Kalahariöknen  »

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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 »

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Harry Winslow: Maybe Bushmen cross deserts. Maybe they even make it. But we're gonna die here. All the wind will do for us is bury us in the sand.
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Pilot (1993) See more »

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ZEPPOMANIA
Written and Performed by Wesley Plass
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A little known movie with a big impact.
18 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time on the Disney channel about 6 years ago. This is one of my favorite movies. I love Reese Witherspoon and her portrayal of the young girl was superb. The beginning of the movie draws you in as you see how a young boy from the US trys to cope without modern technology and how Nonnie despised him. I followed her emotions throughout the story as she slowly warms up to him and was deeply satisfied with the conclusion. Both children had lost their parents and the tragedy had drawn them together. The love birds were a nice touch. The poor things had a wild ride when the children were hugging at the end. I recommend this film to my friends and their children. Even though I have heard it is a "copy" of another story called,"Walkabout" or something like this, having never seen that movie, this one stands on it's own as a very adventurous tale. I like to watch it at least twice a year and have recently purchased it on DVD.


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