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To Walk with Lions -- 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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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. | Add synopsis »
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DVD Review: 'To Walk with Lions' (rerelease)
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Richard Harris ... George Adamson
John Michie ... Tony Fitzjohn

Kerry Fox ... Lucy Jackson

Ian Bannen ... Terence Adamson

Hugh Quarshie ... Maxwell

Honor Blackman ... Joy Adamson

Geraldine Chaplin ... Victoria Anrecelli
Guy Williams ... John Bell
David Mulwa ... Hamsi (as David Kakuta Mulwa)
Grace Levi ... Jenna
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 ... Doctor
Tirus Gathwe ... Keya
James Onyango ... Sgt. Mgatee
Lucinda Gorringe ... Bridget
Steenie Njoroge
Dale Liselo ... Stanley
Odero Aghan ... Shifta Leader
Charles Njenga ... Police Constable
Sasha Hurt ... Tony's Girlfriend
Regina Macharia ... Secretary
Mohamed Ahamed Jama ... Somali
Caroline Kere ... Maxwell's Wife
Sarah Malinda ... Maxwell's Daughter
Yusuf Lubembe ... Ranger
Kamau Wa Mbugwa ... Nairobi Constable
Omar Godana ... Somali Herdsman
Les Cardillo ... Jack
Shannon Smullian ... Tourist Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ng'ang'a Kirumburu ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Schultz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sharon Buckingham  writer
Keith Ross Leckie  writer
Lorenzo Orzari  script doctor

Produced by
Julie Allan .... producer
Hélène Boulay .... line producer
Jamie Brown .... co-producer
John Buchanan .... executive producer
Guy Collins .... co-executive producer
Gordon Freedman .... co-executive producer
Gary Howsam .... executive producer
Pieter Kroonenburg .... producer
Pierre Latour .... associate producer
Robert S. Lecky .... co-executive producer
John McCunn .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alan Reeves 
Cinematography by
Jean Lépine 
Film Editing by
Angelo Corrao 
Casting by
Sarah Beardsall 
Cathy Henderson 
Daniel Hubbard 
John Hubbard 
Lenny Juma 
Dori Zuckerman 
Art Direction by
Michael Devine 
Set Decoration by
Lulu Archer 
Costume Design by
Suzanne Belcher  (as Suzy Belcher)
Nicole Pelletier 
Makeup Department
Annick Chartier .... makeup department head
Dario Lapointe .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Noor Ali Bulle .... unit manager
Dominic St-Jean .... production manager (as Dominic Saint Jean)
Evan Tussman .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... first assistant director
Yahya Chavanga .... assistant director
Konga Mbandu .... assistant director
Tony Rimwa .... assistant director
Howard Rothschild .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Richard Betanzos .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Donald .... assistant dialogue editor
Stuart French .... production sound mixer
Michael Gurman .... sound effects editor
Steven Gurman .... supervising dialogue editor (as Steve Gurman)
Vicent Regaudie .... sound effects editor
Glenn Tussman .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Gilbert Larose Jr. .... special effects coordinator
Rick Marr .... animatronic technician
Visual Effects by
François Lord .... digital effects artist
Mark Brooks .... stunts: lion attack
Randy Miller .... stunts: lion attack
David Rigby .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Fowlds .... Steadicam operator
Jamie Fowlds .... camera operator
Serge Hughes .... second assistant camera
Maarten Kroonenburg .... assistant camera
Vic Purcell .... camera operator
Casting Department
Meg Leonard .... casting assistant (as Meg Mistry)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Kroonenburg .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Mélanie Carignan .... assistant editor
Christian Gravel .... assistant editor
Thomas Hallé .... assistant editor
Thomas Metzger .... colorist
Music Department
Richard Bronskill .... orchestrator
Nasser Dra .... musician: percussion
Chris Hayword .... musician: flute and percussion
Alan Reeves .... musician: keyboards
Other crew
Mark Brooks .... wild animal trainer
Nils F. Jastad .... stand-in: Ian Bannen
Sotos Katakos .... first accountant
Randy Miller .... lion trainer
Paul 'Sled' Reynolds .... animal coordinator
Nicolina Servello .... executive assistant to producers
Pamela Willis .... script supervisor
Moritz Borman .... thanks
Laura Miller .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for violence and brief sensuality
110 min | Germany:105 min | USA:108 min
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Excellent but heart wrenching, 19 March 2000
Author: Alan Yim ( from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Documentary type films have always been tricky to make. They're not always about topics that mass audiences find interesting but there have been some relative successes (Gorillas in the Mist). "To Walk with Lions" is another one of these documentary type movies. Before I proceed, I apologize if this review has a sombre feel to it. It is one of the few movies I've seen this year that has had such an impact on me. It's been about 30 minutes since I've left the theatre and I'm sitting here in a coffee shop writing this but I find myself still thinking about the events of this movie.

The film is based on the true life accounts of George Adamson and Tony Fitzjohn. George Adamson (played by Richard Harris) is a wildlife conservationist in Kenya that specializes in the re-release of lions back into the wild. Tony Fitzjohn (played by John Michie) is a drifter that floats from job to job in Africa and somehow ends up being hired as Adamson's assistant. This chance encounter turned out to change Fitzjohn's life forever. The story focuses on Adamson's plight of running his lion release program and the politics involved during a time when the Kenyan government is in a state of unrest. The film shows the relationship that evolves between Adamson and Fitzjohn and does so through the eyes of Fitzjohn. This particular movie focuses on the time from when Fitzjohn is hired to when Fitzjohn takes over Adamson's life work in 1989, a span of 18 years. There is very little about the actual release program itself but rather focuses on Adamson as a person and what plights he faces. Thrown in this mix, is the problem that Adamson faces as the Kenyan government threatens to shut down his operations and put and end to his program. He must deal with this issue as well as handle poaching problems occurring in the area.

There have been many movies made in or about Africa but this film has a very different feel to it. Gone are the bright colors and crystal clear pictures. This film truly has the feel of a documentary. It is frequently very dusty and the actors always seemed to be covered in dirt and grime. In addition, the picture is not always in focus (either that or the dust swirls around so much that it dulls everything) that it adds an element of reality to the movie. You can almost feel the grit in your mouth.

Richard Harris plays Adamson wonderfully and he looks amazingly similar to the real Adamson. As to how accurately he portrays the real Adamson, I don't know but his actual acting performance was incredible. This is the first time I have ever seen Harris but he definitely puts his best foot forward. John Michie plays Fitzjohn equally well and the audience gets a real sense of respect and admiration from him as his relationship with Adamson develops. What makes these performances all the more impressive is that most of the scenes with the lions are done with both actors and lions together in the same shot...and in close proximity to each other. Some of the mauling scenes looking amazingly real too...maybe a bit too real. Some of the other scenes with other animals are quite graphic too and a bit on the hard side to watch. The introduction of Adamson's wife, Joy was a bit weak. It wasn't fully developed and left a lot of questions. From what I know of their relationship, it seemed to be closer than what was portrayed but I'm not expert so I can't really comment on that part of it but in my opinion, they could have removed Joy Adamson's involvement in this movie and it would have been just as effective.

Overall, I thought this movie was fantastic but you leave the theatre with a heavy heart. The lions are real and the reactions to them seem genuine. It is a bit graphic in some cases but it is definitely worth the time to see. Keep in mind that this is based on real life accounts of both George Adamson and Tony Fitzjohn and therefore doesn't mean that the ending is going to be happy. In fact, it leaves you thinking about a lot of things that we as a human race allow to occur. > A

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