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I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

PG-13  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Kuki Gallmann
Paolo Gallmann
Emanuele Gallmann - Age 7
Emanuele Gallmann - Age 17
Declan Fielding
Connie Chiume ...
James Ngobese ...
Joko Scott ...
Duncan Maitland
Susan Danford ...
Esther Maitland
Ian Roberts ...
Mike Donovan
Susan Monteregge ...
Karen Donovan
Jessica Perritt ...
Lady Diana Delemere


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 <>

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italian | snake | dream | kenya | ranch | See All (175) »


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 »




Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Je rêvais de l'Afrique  »

Box Office


$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 303,879,423 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Kuki Gallmann: We think we control this place, but this place controls us.
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Crazy Credits

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


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Amazing Kim Basinger!
14 July 2000 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

When I read all the reviews I could about this movie, including specialized magazines, I thought to myself that Kim Basinger had a bad dream after the great LA Confidential, one of my favourite movies of the 90's.

Now that I've seen it, I believe that 'I Dreamed of Africa' was not well understood. This is a different movie, the story was written to show dramatic and common scenes of Kuki's life, trying to reveal that all dreams can bring nightmares. And Kim shows us that she's a mature actress, not only a sex-symbol. She had no glamour in Africa, but her sensuality is so natural that I thought to myself that she was the most beautiful animal in Africa.

This film deserved more positive reviews than it had. It's not worse or better than 'Out Africa'. Only different. And this difference makes it fabulous.

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