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Burning Shore (1991)

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France, 1915. Young and radiantly beautiful Centaine de Thiry is the happiest woman in the world: in a few more hours she will be married to pilot Michael Courteney, the love of her life. ... See full summary »

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Isabelle Gélinas ...
Centaine
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Lothar de la Rey
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Michael Courteney
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Blaine
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Louis de Thiry
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Anna
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Ernie
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Garrick
Jenny Alpha ...
Hani
Marius Yelolo ...
Owi
Andrea Prodan ...
Shasa
Lorenzo Flaherty ...
Manfred
Marc de Jonge ...
Fourie
Jennifer Youngs ...
Sarah
Ralph Schicha ...
U-boat commander
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France, 1915. Young and radiantly beautiful Centaine de Thiry is the happiest woman in the world: in a few more hours she will be married to pilot Michael Courteney, the love of her life. But fate has it otherwise: Michael is shot down in a reconnaissance plane shortly before his wedding. Life has lost its meaning for Centaine. When the young woman realizes soon afterwards that she is expecting a baby, her zest for live is revived. She decides to give birth to the child in South Africa, the home country of her deceased fiancé. She starts on her long voyage, planning to stay with an uncle. However, Centaine's boat is attacked and sunk by a submarine. She uses all her strength to cling to a gangplank. Many hours later, she is washed ashore on the African coast suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion. Soon after, Hani and Owi, an old native couple, find her. The old people look after Centaine lovingly and care for her until she has completely recovered. The two Africans and the young ... Written by Anonymous

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Pretty good adaptation of the novels, up to a point.
5 July 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Because The Burning Shore is one of my favourite books, I took the time to watch the German-dubbed version of this movie/series on U-Tube. Having read the book (and its first sequel, Power Of The Sword) several times, not understanding the German dialogue did not make me enjoy the movie any less than I expected... up until the movie began departing from the book's plot. Since this was made as a mini-series, the producers should have started with Wilbur Smith's first book of the Courtney family saga, When The Lion Feeds, and stretched the story of the Courtneys over the entire 70-year span of that family's novels. The ending of the mini-series, as it was filmed, is much more predictable than how the plot of Smith's novels evolves. Still, WS fans will enjoy most of this adaptation and anyone who has not read any of his novels will want to investigate this author's tales after seeing this movie. As for the acting, I'd give it a A-. for the cinematography, a C+ (would have been so much better if filmed in Africa)


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