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Daryl E. Hall
A. Michelle Harleston
Young Tina lives with her mother and stepfather on a wildlife reserve in Kenya. While her stepfather believes this is a wonderful environment for her to grow up in, her mother becomes increasingly concerned by her behaviour. These concerns are reinforced when it is revealed that her daughter's best friend in the whole world is a fully grown lion. Worried that her daughter may be turning into a savage, she sends for her former husband, Tina's biological father, in the hope that he can take her back to civilization (in this case rural Connecticut). But it seems as though Tina's mother wants something more than a civilized upbringing for her daughter.Written by
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Ralph Helfer also took his other lion Zamba Jr., who was fifty pounds lighter, not only to double for Zamba in certain shots but he could also play another lion. He even took his lioness Tammy for a scene with Zamba. See more »
If Tina really did raise King from a cub she would be about 15 years old. See more »
[Saves Tina's life from lioness]
[King comes to Tina]
King! I knew you loved me. You saw King chose me. He's mine!
[Coming to Tina]
Stay away from her. You naughty thing.
King will see me home. He really loves me.
Now your beginning to see?
If I hadn't seen it... Well, I wouldn't have believed it. It's like witchcraft.
[Riding away on King]
Now do you understand King? I don't want you to have anything more to do with that nasty lioness again. Who does she think she is?
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I was fortunate enough to watch this film in its original CinemaScope format (THANK YOU, Fox Movie Channel!), and I'm glad I did. Jack Cardiff directed a TERRIFIC cast (Holden, Howard, Capucine, and Franklin) in this story about a mother who sends for her daughter's biological father when she fears that the daughter may be turning savage, the concern being reinforced by the fact that the girl's best friend is a full-grown lion with whom she has an EXTREMELY close friendship. The cast is terrific, especially Franklin, who is both irresistibly charming yet downright scary when she really taps into the African way of life. The direction, performances, Edward Scaife's beautiful widescreen cinematography of the African landscape and Malcolm Arnold's wonderful score make this film great.
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