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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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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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Today's reign of TERROR filmed in Africa! 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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Well-made pro-imperialism yarn
15 January 2018 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

Despite the noble attempts at even-handedness in handling racial conflicts in 1950s Kenya (Earl Cameron is a commanding presence as a pacifist, educated doctor), "Simba" still has a racist and imperialist point-of-view: most of the black characters indeed are, or are quick to become, "howling savages". If you can overlook that, it's a well-made piece of work, vividly photographed in Eastmancolor and with some tense suspense sequences. **1/2 ouf 4.


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