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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.

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Jack Couffer

Writers:

Joy Adamson (book), Millard Kaufman (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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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.

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The New African Adventures! See more »


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G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Strolche in der Wildnis See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna were asked to reprise their roles as George and Joy Adamson but declined. See more »

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

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Followed by Born Free (1974) See more »

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Living Free
By Sol Kaplan and Freddy Douglass
Sung by Julie Budd
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Ugh
6 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

LIVING FREE is the low budget sequel to the original African lion classic, BORN FREE. It says a lot that Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna didn't return for this follow-up, which casts Nigel Davenport and Susan Hampshire as the same characters before going on to tell the same story.

And boy, is this horrendous. All of the charm and originality of the first film is missing here, leaving LIVING FREE feeling like a cheap cash-in more than anything else. The early scenes feature some excruciating re-staging of scenes from the first movie but with the new actors, while the latter half tells a straightforward story in a long and protracted way.

The problem with this film lies with the actors, who just don't have the genuine love for the animals that the original cast members did. Particularly awful is Susan Hampshire, whose acting is embarrassingly awful: grating, overstated, sanctimonious when delivering her lines. Even worse, Millard Kaufman's screenplay presents Joy Adamson as a selfish, self-centred and quite obnoxious character who cares only for her own enjoyment, and I'm sure this is a disservice to the real-life Adamson.

The only decent scenes in this are the scenes of the lion cubs playing and interacting with the natural world, but even these moments are spoiled by Hampshire's plummy, say-the-obvious voice-overs. Although I like this 'animal' sub-genre and especially classics like RING OF BRIGHT WATER and BORN FREE, LIVING FREE is definitely worth skipping.


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