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Living Free (1972)

When Elsa's three mischievous cubs begin wreaking havoc on the nearby villages, Joy and her husband are forced to move them hundreds of miles to a game preserve.


Jack Couffer


Joy Adamson (book), Millard Kaufman (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Davenport ... George Adamson
Susan Hampshire ... Joy Adamson
Geoffrey Keen ... Kendall
Edward Judd ... Game Warden Weaver
Peter Lukoye Peter Lukoye ... Nuru
Shane De Louvre Shane De Louvre ... Makedde
Robert Beaumont Robert Beaumont ... Billy Collins
Nobby Noble Nobby Noble ... Bank Manager
Charles Hayes Charles Hayes ... Herbert Baker
Allaudin Qureshi Allaudin Qureshi ... Bank Clerk (as Aludin Quershi)
Jean Hayes Jean Hayes ... Mrs. Herbert Baker
Elsa Elsa ... Herself
Jespah Jespah ... Himself
Gopa Gopa ... Herself
Little Elsa Little Elsa ... Herself


When Elsa's three mischievous cubs begin wreaking havoc on the nearby villages, Joy and her husband are forced to move them hundreds of miles to a game preserve.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The further adventures of BORN FREE'S ELSA and her three cubs. See more »


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Release Date:

5 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Strolche in der Wildnis See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Geoffrey Keen (John Kendall) was the only actor to reprise his role from Born Free (1966). See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits: This is a true story . . . See more »


Follows The Lion Who Thought He Was People (1971) See more »


Living Free
By Sol Kaplan and Freddy Douglass
Sung by Julie Budd
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Easy going young lion adventure
11 June 2011 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Engaging family tale picks up where "Born Free" left off with conservationist Joy Adamson (here played by the gregarious Susan Hampshire) and her loyal husband George (Davenport replacing Bill Travers from the original) attempting to locate the mischievous trio of now orphaned lion cubs as they embark on a perilous journey through the East African savanna.

The storyline is essentially subservient to the landscape, following the cubs' trials and tribulations as they scamper about in search of easy meals, practice hunting (with amusement) and narrowly avoid danger. Davenport and Hampshire don't execute the rapport of Virginia McKenna & Travers in the first picture, although given the latter were husband and wife, that could be forgiven.

More a colourful faunalogue with which to showcase the rugged terrain and wild game of East Africa than a drama or human adventure, it's well-meaning and suitable for children even if doesn't emphasise the conservation message that prevailed in the original.

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