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Simba (1955)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 9 September 1955 (USA)
A European family in East Africa finds itself caught up in an uprising by local black Africans against their white colonial masters. Based on the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya in the early 1950s.

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Anthony Perry (original story), John Baines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Alan Howard
Donald Sinden ... Inspector Drummond
Virginia McKenna ... Mary Crawford
Basil Sydney ... Mr. Crawford
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Mrs. Crawford
Joseph Tomelty ... Dr. Hughes
Earl Cameron ... Karanja
Orlando Martins ... Headman
Ben Johnson ... Kimani
Frank Singuineau Frank Singuineau ... Waweru
Huntley Campbell Huntley Campbell ... Joshua
Slim Harris Slim Harris ... Chege
Glyn Lawson Glyn Lawson ... Mundati
Harry Quashie Harry Quashie ... Thakla
John Chandos John Chandos ... Settler at Meeting
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When Alan Howard, a young Englishman, arrives in Kenya to visit his older brother on his farm he finds the latter has been brutally murdered by the Mau Mau. He decides to go on exploiting the farm and to fight the rebels with all his energy. He falls in love with Mary, the daughter of a settler who lives close to his estate. Although the young woman shares his love she disapproves of Alan's hatred of Blacks. Alan will eventually mellow after Dr. Karanja, a native physician, sacrifices his life to prevent the slaughter of a group of white settlers. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Their love defied primitive jungle laws! See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Simba See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was Lippert Pictures last release in the U.S. See more »

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Referenced in Cuatro en la frontera (1958) See more »

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Leaving the politics aside, this movie is a mess
30 August 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

There are others on this site who can more aptly discuss the politics present in this film, so I won't do it.

"Simba" stars Dirk Bogarde, Virginia McKenna, and Donald Sinden. It is the story of an Englisman, Alan Howard (Bogarde) who visits his brother in Africa and learns that he has been murdered by the Mau Mau. He decides to stay and work his brother's farm and renew his relationship with Mary (McKenna), an old love who lives in Africa with her British parents. As the fighting goes on, prejudices on both sides are voiced, and Mary and Alan find themselves on opposite sides.

Though the acting is good, the movie is a mess for some technical reasons, not to mention the skewed viewpoint of the film. The producer and director were somehow under the impression that Jack Hawkins was going to star in the movie. Consequently, they filmed in Kenya using a double for Hawkins, who was six inches taller than Dirk Bogarde. While in Kenya, they used a tall blond man as a double for the police inspector, but when they returned to England, they couldn't match him up with anyone. When Donald Sinden walked into Pinewood Studios, he had his hair streaked for another film, and the producer asked him if he would dye his hair. Thus, he got the role.

The landscapes are beautiful, but one is aware that the actors weren't in Africa, and when they're on the screen, the landscapes are projections.

Simba is an interesting film, and as a fan of Dirk Bogarde, I'll watch him in anything, but this isn't a great movie.


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