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Dirkie (1969)

After a plane crash a young boy and his dog wander through the Kalahari desert.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Wynand Uys ...
Dirkie DeVries (as Dirkie Hayes)
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Anton DeVries (as Jamie Hayes)
Lady Frolic of Belvedale ...
Lolly
Wilhelm Esterhuizen ...
Smitty
Sue Burman ...
Joan
Jan Bruyns ...
Colonel (as Jan Bruijns)
Pieter Hauptfleisch ...
Uncle Pete
Johan du Plooy ...
Jack
Bill Brewer ...
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Jacques Loots ...
Doctor (as Jaques Loots)
Heinrich Marnitz ...
Hoffman
Eugene Erasmus ...
Operator
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Filmed in the most dangerous wastelands, the Kalahari Desert, "Lost in the Desert" is a story of suspense, conflict and incredible human courage as an 8-year-old boy and his dog are left to face this vast wasteland alone after an airplane crash, while an army of men and machines penetrate the desert searching for them. The film is based on true events and is sure to hold you spellbound! Written by Anonymous

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The incredible story of a boy's will to live. See more »


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Adventure in the Red Desert  »

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Apart from the practical difficulties associated with filming in the desert, what made this movie even more of a feat was that it was filmed twice; once in Afrikaans and once in English. See more »

Connections

Remade as Papam Pasivaadu (1972) See more »

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Wait for Tomorrow
Written by Jimmy Stewart, Doug Ashdown and Eric Gross
Performed by Edwin Duff
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I have searched for YEARS!
4 July 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have searched for years for a reference to this film. I saw it when I was a very small girl and I have ALWAYS remembered it! I too remember the bushmen eating (or so we thought) the little boy's dog. The dog was a female and she had puppies which all died - I remember the boy putting them in his pocket - the dog's name was 'Lolly'. I also remember the boy finding the pilot's body and his father dropping leaflets all over the desert telling him that he was looking for him.

I literally sobbed and sobbed! No other film in my whole lifetime has stayed with me like this one. I can't remember the the movie - which was the main feature - that my parents had originally taken me to see, but this movie, which was on before the main feature has stayed with me and I have never forgotten it. I am 39 years old and my parents STILL laugh about how they had to tell me to stop shouting out and crying in the movie theater! The boy was eventually rescued by his Dad. Not a dry eye in the house! I am so happy to have found a reference to it, and that others remember it as I do! I would dearly love to see it again.


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