6.2/10
50
2 user 2 critic

The Bushbaby (1969)

The young daughter of a park ranger in Tanzania is distressed to learn that she and her father must permanently return to England, thus separating her from the one thing she loves most, a ... See full summary »

Director:

John Trent
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Leclere ... Jackie (as Margaret Brooks)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Tembo (as Lou Gossett)
Donald Houston ... John Leeds
Laurence Naismith ... Prof. 'Cranky' Crankshaw
Marne Maitland ... The Hadj
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Tilison
Jack Gwillim ... Ardsley
Noel Howlett ... Rev. Barlow
Tommy Ansah Tommy Ansah ... Policeman
Jumoke Debayo Jumoke Debayo ... Bus Woman
Harold Goodwin ... Steward
Charles Hyatt Charles Hyatt ... Gideon
Willie Jonah Willie Jonah ... Police Sergeant
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... First Officer
Victor Maddern ... Barman
Edit

Storyline

The young daughter of a park ranger in Tanzania is distressed to learn that she and her father must permanently return to England, thus separating her from the one thing she loves most, a pet Bushbaby. Fearing what the future holds, she decides to set the pet free, but while doing so misses the boat back to England. After meeting up with a friendly native, they try to resolve the situation together. Things take a turn for the worse when it is falsely reported that the native has kidnapped her, thus putting a price on his head. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A true-to-life adventure as big as Africa itself.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was made available on VHS from MGM/Warner Brothers in 1993, its only home video release. Since then, it has remained as part of Metro Goldwyn Mayer's infamous moratorium of unreleased films. See more »

Goofs

About an hour into the movie, when Prof. Crankshaw's plane takes off, there is an unknown figure can be seen standing on the ground. Tembo is supposed to be hiding in the scrub. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jackie: [Jackie and Tembo are chasing a small galago around a baobab tree] Where is he?
Tembo: Sshh!
Jackie: [after Tembo catches the creature he hands it to Jackie] Oh! Oh, he's so tiny!
Tembo: He's a young one.
Jackie: What shall I call him?
Tembo: He has many names: bushbaby, galago... In Swahili he's called "Komba."
Jackie: Komba! That's marvelous.
[to Komba]
Jackie: Hey Komba, Komba...!
[...]
See more »

Connections

Version of Bush Baby, Little Angel of the Grasslands (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward, Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Composed by Arthur Sullivan
Written by Sabine Baring-Gould
See more »

User Reviews

 
Sweet personable story ...
25 August 2001 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

The Bushbaby(1969) 1st watched 8/24/01 - 6 out of 10(Dir-John Trent): Sweet personable story about a young girl who stayed behind in Africa by accident tending to her pet bushbaby while her father leaves on a boat to London. Good side story with Lou Gossett as a friend who is accussed of kidnapping in the racist-filled South Africa before the local government took over. Much deeper than most kids movies w/ the cute bushbaby just kind of being a attention-getter for the young audience. Quick unsatisfying ending, but also has mesmerizing cinematography of African animal life.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Swahili | Masai

Release Date:

31 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Menina das Selvas See more »

Filming Locations:

Tanzania

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed