This documentary tells the heart warming story of Christian, a lion cub purchased from a London department store in the late 60's and successfully released into the African wild three years... See full summary »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
George Adamson ...
Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Bourke ...
Himself
Boy ...
Adult Male Lion (archive footage)
Christian ...
Lion (archive footage)
Tony Fitzjohn ...
Himself
...
Narrator
Katania ...
Lioness Cub (archive footage)
...
Herself
John Rendall ...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

This documentary tells the heart warming story of Christian, a lion cub purchased from a London department store in the late 60's and successfully released into the African wild three years later. Featuring original archive footage and photographs of Christian's life in London and Kenya, the story is told by all the key players in interviews filmed in 2009. Written by Anon.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Lion Called Christian  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Moving, heart-warming, uplifting. A beautiful film about good people and an amazing lion.
6 December 2009 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I first saw this inspirational film on TV by accident, and was moved to tears. I couldn't get it out of my mind, and phoned the TV channel to ask if it would ever be released on DVD. I was told that they'd had so many requests that it would indeed be released on DVD - and it was. I bought a copy for myself (which I've already re-watched 3 times) and a copy for each member of my family.

This is a film that never becomes dull, and can be used as a pick-me-up whenever you're feeling down. I cry every time I watch it, from the very first shot until the gloriously moving and uplifting conclusion. (The DVD also features fantastic extras which also reduce me to tears!) The story is well told, using interviews with all the surviving participants filmed in 2009, illustrated with the original footage and photographs of Christian the lion and his human friends back in the early 70's in London and Kenya.

It's an amazing story of good, loving people who fall in love with a captive lion and devote themselves to his rehabilitation into the wild. With the help of legendary lion expert George Adamson, and "Born Free" stars Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, Christian's 'owners', Anthony Bourke and John Rendall successfully returned Christian to the wild, where he eventually became the head of his own pride.

The film includes that now world-famous scene of Christian's reunion with Bourke and Rendall when they returned to Africa to check on his progress. The scene caused a sensation when it was posted on YouTube in 2008, and was the impetus for this documentary being made. As a result of the renewed interest in the story, Bourke and Rendall have also updated their 1971 book "A Lion Called Christian".

I recommend buying the book and the DVD, and also making a donation to the Born Free Foundation to help them continue their commendable work.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Lion Cub from Harrods (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?