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A Far Off Place (1993)

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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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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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 »

Quotes

Harry Winslow: So, you really think we can make it to Karlstown?
Nonnie Parker: If the wind can do it, then we can do it.
Harry Winslow: Don't give me that Bushman crap. I want a real answer.
Nonnie Parker: You want a real answer?
Harry Winslow: ...Let me hear the bushman version again.
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References Doctor Dolittle (1967) See more »

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ZEPPOMANIA
Written and Performed by Wesley Plass
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The Kalahari adventure!
24 July 2016 | by (Somewhere in the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

If you are a Disney live-action film fan, you won't disappoint with it. It comes between the regular Disney films and Disney nature films. It sets in somewhere in the Namibia and takes us with to a great adventure which is more like a documentary film than a film with a story. Actually, there was a small story, mostly on the opening and the end part and the rest of the film was a foot journey like 'The Way Back'. Based on the book of the same name about a girl and a boy who team up with a bushman to cross the Kalahari desert after their family was attacked by the poachers.

I did not know anything about it, so I expected nothing. But I thought of 'The Gods Must be Crazy', since it is not a comedy, I prepared for something new. I really liked the film, but not that much. Spectacular African landscapes, and awesome performances by everyone. I would have loved it if a few more wild animals participated in it, after all African flavour means that's what we all anticipate, especially the children. So from that perspective, it is slightly a disappointment, but not much. Other than that it is a fine family film from a trusted production house.

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