5.6/10
3,758
61 user 52 critic

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 5 May 2000 (USA)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Irresistible (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A "Touring Motor Fable" set on the roads of Sicily, featuring three main characters and told largely without dialogue.

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: David de Keyser, Gilles Millinaire, Albane Navizet
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A woman is released from prison, an expert bank robber who wants to settle down and go straight, but her parole officer and her former employer try to get her to pull one more heist.

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer, Terence Stamp
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Rich playboy Charley Pearl meets Vicki Anderson, singer at a nightclub in Las Vegas. But she's a gangster's-moll, Bugsy Siegel's, and when he finds the two of them in bed, he forces them to... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Rees
Stars: Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, Robert Loggia
Nadine (1987)
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In 1950s Texas, a woman trying to recover sexy photos of herself and divorce her husband witnesses a murder and uncovers corrupt land dealings.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Rip Torn
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A psychiatrist (Gere) has an affair with his patient's sister (Basinger) who is married to a Greek mobster (Roberts). The mobster is a tyrant over his wife. The psychiatrist wants her to ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son, and his ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: Colin Firth, Rosemary Harris, Irène Jacob
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Hotel Splendide is on a remote and cold island, accessible only by a once-a-month ferry. It's a dark and dreary spa created by the late Dame Blanche, whose grown children now run the ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Gross
Stars: Toni Collette, Daniel Craig, Katrin Cartlidge
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An alien is sent on a secret mission to Earth, where she appears as a gorgeous, attractive, and single lady. Her mission is to make contact with a rather nerdy young scientist, who's quite ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger, Jon Lovitz
Lost Angels (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A troubled youth from a split Los Angeles family is sent to a private psychiatric hospital after a violent scrape with the police. In the hospital, he makes a connection with one of the doctors who has his own problems.

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Adam Horovitz, Amy Locane
Even Money I (2006)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Gambling addiction bring the stories of three otherwise unconnected people together as it destroys each of their lives.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Kim Basinger, Forest Whitaker, Nick Cannon
Obsession (1997)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two men become entangled in a torrid love affair with the same woman. Pierre is Miriam's longtime lover. John is desperately searching for clues about his past when he and Miriam have a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sehr
Stars: Heike Makatsch, Charles Berling, Daniel Craig
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

Maryam d'Abo suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage in 2007 and is lucky to be alive. Her experience inspired this film and leads the viewer on a personal journey of recovery, giving a sense of... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: Maryam d'Abo, Nigel Havers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Kuki Gallmann
...
Paolo Gallmann
...
Emanuele Gallmann - Age 7
...
Emanuele Gallmann - Age 17
...
Franca
...
Declan Fielding
...
Simon
Connie Chiume ...
Wanjiku
James Ngobese ...
Luka
Joko Scott ...
Mirimuk
...
Duncan Maitland
Susan Danford ...
Esther Maitland
Ian Roberts ...
Mike Donovan
Susan Monteregge ...
Karen Donovan
Jessica Perritt ...
Lady Diana Delemere
Edit

Storyline

Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with him and her young son to start a cattle ranch. Challenges beset her, not the least of which is Paulo's love of danger and his leaving for days on end to hunt and fish with pals. She must face fierce storms, roving lions, venomous snakes, and murderous poachers, and she must find accommodation with a neighboring tribe. Her mother entreats her to return home. Can Kuki live her dream, tame Paolo, guide her son safely past the perils and errors of youth, and serve Africa? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

italian | snake | dream | kenya | ranch | See All (174) »

Taglines:

Sometimes the adventure of a lifetime becomes life itself.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of nudity/sensuality and some violent/traumatic episodes | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Je rêvais de l'Afrique  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,411,445 (USA) (5 May 2000)

Gross:

$6,543,194 (USA) (23 June 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final score for a theatrical movie by composer Maurice Jarre. See more »

Goofs

There is a visible string suspending the airborne plate that Paolo shoots (in the party scene, just after they arrive in Africa). See more »

Quotes

Kuki Gallmann: We think we control this place, but this place controls us.
See more »

Crazy Credits

End credits runs entirely over aerial shots from African landscapes. See more »

Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: I Dreamed of Africa: On Location (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Voi che sapete
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sung by Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo soprano)
Conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini
From Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Magnificent scenery emphasized at the expense of the story
24 September 2000 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

This film was a fluff piece that succeeded better as a showcase for Kim Bassinger and Africa's natural beauty than it did at telling this true story. The first hour of the film was a succession of Kodak moments depicting the romantic splendor of Africa and how idyllic it would be to live there. Although they showed the occasional storm and threatening wild animal, every effort was made to emphasize the positives. They glossed over little things like the oppressive heat (Kenya straddles the equator but no one in the film ever broke a sweat), insects (not a mosquito in sight), and the fact that the rainy season is three months long and it often rains nonstop for weeks. The first hour seemed more like an advertisement by the Kenyan ministry of tourism than a feature film. It wasn't until the second hour that the story really centered on the characters.

Filming Africa is a cinematographer's dream. Unfortunately, Director Hugh Hudson seems to have been so enamored with creating beautiful photography (and it was truly magnificent) that he rushed through the dramatic elements to get to the next helicopter shot of wild animals loping across the plains. Many of the important dramatic scenes were not allowed to fully develop, giving a snippet and then cutting away to a completely unrelated scene. This took much of the impact out of the film. One example is the egg hanging over the bed. A big point was made over the fact that Paolo had put something in the egg. Yet, we never learn what it is. Why tease us with this tidbit if he is not going to follow through?

The film had strong conservationist undertones, but they were tastefully done and not overly preachy. The point was made that poaching to hunt elephants for ivory is illegal and unconscionable, but it was presented in a way that wasn't strident and smug. The scenes of dead elephants made the statement in a poignant way, much better than any dialogue could have.

Kim Basinger was excellent as Kuki. She went with a more natural look which was very flattering. The understated makeup used in the film revealed that even at 47, she is still one of the most beautiful women on the planet. However, after a three-year hiatus since L.A. Confidential, she delivered her second consecutive acting triumph, proving that she is more than just a pretty face. Her acting was far more genuine and mature than any role I had seen her play before. After having read an interview she gave about the film, it is clear that Basinger is a strong conservationist and naturalist and she identified strongly with her role, which imbued her performance with great conviction and believability.

This film was good, but it could have been much better. I rated it a 7/10. The locations and photography were marvelous, but the story's power was frayed by inattention to basic filmmaking tenets. If Hudson had spent more time developing the characters and creating continuity for the story, it would have been an exceptional film.


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
love this movie vive_notre_amour
QUESTION! Shelbelhead88
Liam Aiken's Sexiness yellowcardluvr92
2 Qs: The attack and Casting of Sveva lyles99
IGN review potc_2003
Similar drama series yk_b
Discuss I Dreamed of Africa (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?