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I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Romance  -  5 May 2000 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

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

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Sometimes the adventure of a lifetime becomes life itself.


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Rated PG-13 for a scene of nudity/sensuality and some violent/traumatic episodes | See all certifications »
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5 May 2000 (USA)  »

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Je rêvais de l'Afrique  »

Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

ESP 303,879,423 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Kim Basinger is 17 years older than the character she portrays in the film. The real Kuki Gallmann was born in 1943 and moved to Africa in 1972 at age 29; Basinger was born in 1953 and filmed the movie in 1999 at age 46. 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.
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Featured in HBO First Look: I Dreamed of Africa: On Location (2000) See more »

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By the Rivers of Babylon
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Written by Frank Farian, George Reyam, Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton
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Nice pictures, weak story
1 November 2000 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

The last couple of sneak previews brought films full of violence and so I was hoping for a change as I didn't want to leave the cinema in the middle of a film again. Although this film is very positive, I sometimes wished back to something more exciting. It seems to be a common misconception to believe that a life full of tragedy automatically turns into a good story. This film is the perfect proof for it. It swings back and forth between tragedy and bliss but there's no suspense. Even the tragedy is predictable and unavoidable. The conclusions that are drawn from all this are commonplace. Of course, from a personal, private perspective it's different but from the point of view of a film there's nothing in it. This makes me wonder why people seem to think that all this is more interesting if it happens in an exotic place. I guess many, many people have gone through all this and worse and no one seems to think it worthwhile telling a story about them. There's one good thing to be said about this film, however. It goes against the grain of modern film producing. It's quiet and the acting is toned down.


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