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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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 »


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


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
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Dreaming about an Africa without Africans?
14 February 2001 | by (Ciudad de Guatemala) – See all my reviews

This is a strange movie. The title refers to dreaming of Africa. But the movie leaves unclear why the two principal characters are dreaming of Africa and what they are dreaming of. Perhaps they are dreaming of touristy pictures: beautiful landscapes, herds of wild animals and dancing Africans. Indeed, the movie has some nice images but alas, even these are spoiled with music that often sounds ill adapted.

What is worse is that African people are nearly absent as people. Not a single African gets more than a superficial treatment in this movie, so that it seems that the principal characters are dreaming of an Africa without Africans.

Well, perhaps all this is just due to the weak overall quality of the movie. In fact, there is hardly any character development. Many images remain disconnected and thus remain hollow. Finally this movie does not surpass the level of my neighbor's slide show of his package tour to Pakistan. Which is a pity for the means spend on it.

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