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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)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




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 »


G | See all certifications »






Release Date:

5 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Strolche in der Wildnis See more »

Company Credits

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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?


Opening credits: Although this Motion Picture is based in a true story, the individuals portrayed other than the main characters have been fictionalised and any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. 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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Impressive madness
9 June 2009 | by lochinvar-1See all my reviews

What a grouch some people can be! You could dislike Gone with the Wind if you set your mind to it. Pay no attention to above grouches. If you would like a touching story of a couple in Africa trying to capture and save 3 lion cubs and move them to safety in the Serengetti then you will enjoy this. Very good for children who will love the cubs. How they managed to shoot these scenes I don't know. Nigel Davenport is at least as good as Bill Travers (who was never likely to be mistaken for Laurence Olivier) and Susan Hampshire is way better than Virginia McKenna who was always an insipid blushing English lily at best.

If you like modern Hollywood films then sorry, no rape, gratuitous violence, swearing, sexual perversions or murder. Just a decent movie for decent people. Ho-hum.

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