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To Walk with Lions (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  12 April 2001 (New Zealand)
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George Adamson fights to save Kenya's wildlife. Together with his young assistant Tony Fitzjohn, Adamson battles to keep the animals on his game reserve "Kora" from dangerous poachers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Michie ...
Lucy Jackson
Terence Adamson
Victoria Anrecelli
Guy Williams ...
John Bell
David Mulwa ...
Hamsi (as David Kakuta Mulwa)
Grace Levi ...
Fred Opondo ...
David M'Boya (as Frederic Opondo)
Tonny Ernest Njuguna ...
Vussif (as Tonny Njuguna)
Douglas O. Ayayo ...
James Ngetha
Raymond Ofula ...
Chief Haji Abu Jibril
Edward Kwach ...


George Adamson fights to save Kenya's wildlife. Together with his young assistant Tony Fitzjohn, Adamson battles to keep the animals on his game reserve "Kora" from dangerous poachers.

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Caminando con leones  »

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A stunning account of the life of George Adamson, the lion man.
20 September 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Director Carl Schultz has made an extraordinary film with the help of some vastly talented and brave actors who overcame their fears to work with lions in Africa.

"To Walk With Lions" was featured in the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival and presented by the director, some actors and producers of the film, all of whom should be very proud of a triumphant and majestic film. The landscapes are magnificent and breathtaking, and prove to be an intriguing backdrop to an even more intriguing man who became something of a legend in our time.

Thirty years ago, "Born Free" told the story of the Adamsons from its inception. This film carries on their story it until its tragic end in the late eighties. It mostly concerns the wildlife preserve "Kora", run by George Adamson, played incredibly by the wonderful and distinguished Richard Harris.

The troubles in Africa continue even still as the corrupt Kenyan government and poachers prevail in the slaughter of the African wildlife, threatening extinction without much concern for the consequences. The story is told through the eyes of Tony Fitzjohn, as played by John Michie. Fitzjohn continues the Adamson crusade to preserve wildlife and rehabilitate lions from captivity back into the wild even today.

The film was followed by an interesting Q&A where it was revealed that the majority of scenes with lions were real, which is astonishing considering the close proximity to the actors in many of the sequences.

It would come as no surprise to me if this film was nominated for Oscars. If not, it would only be a testament to the high quality of the other nominees. When your opportunity presents itself, do not pass this one up.

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