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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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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
Nick Boraine ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

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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Altogether Disappointing
31 March 2001 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

From what I had heard and read of this movie, I was rather expecting to find a gripping story of animal activism in Africa, somewhat akin to "Gorillas in The Mist." But there's nothing like this here. What we get is a confusing story, in which the plotline jumps from scene to scene with no apparent pattern or purpose.

The performances are generally sub-par. Kim Basinger plays Kuki Gallman, the real-life conservationist, as we learn the story of how she got to Africa in the first place. Basinger showed a few sparks throughout the movie, but for the most part came across as rather distant. Vincent Perez was, I thought, a terrible disappointment as her husband Paolo. These two never struck me as being a likely couple, and there seemed to be little reality to their romance.

The only thing even remotely holding the movie together is its anti-poaching theme, but even that consists of a series of scenes seemingly spaced about twenty minutes apart where we see a dead animal, and Basinger and Perez get angry. I never got a real sense of what they wanted to do to make any real effort to improve the situation.

There is some wonderful photography of both the African landscape and wildlife, but aside from that this movie is a tremendous disappointment. I rated it 2/10.


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