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Out of Africa (1985)

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In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.


Sydney Pollack


Karen Blixen (based upon the following: "Out of Africa" and other writings by), Judith Thurman (based upon the following: "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Story Teller" by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Karen
Robert Redford ... Denys
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Bror
Michael Kitchen ... Berkeley
Malick Bowens ... Farah
Joseph Thiaka Joseph Thiaka ... Kamante
Stephen Kinyanjui Stephen Kinyanjui ... Kinanjui
Michael Gough ... Delamere
Suzanna Hamilton ... Felicity
Rachel Kempson ... Lady Belfield
Graham Crowden ... Lord Belfield
Leslie Phillips ... Sir Joseph
Shane Rimmer ... Belknap
Mike Bugara Mike Bugara ... Juma
Job Seda Job Seda ... Kanuthia


Follows the life of Karen Blixen, who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband. Written by Tony Bridges <tbridges@spicer.com>

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Based on a true story.


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Did You Know?


Audrey Hepburn was originally offered the role of Karen Blixen. See more »


When arriving in his new plane, Denys hands Karen Blixen his goggles twice. The goggles subsequently reappear and disappear several times. See more »


Karen Blixen: If you say anything now... I'll believe it.
[to Denys, immediately after they kiss in her tent]
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Alternate Versions

Network TV version features additional footage not included in theatrical release. See more »


Referenced in The Golden Girls: Melodrama (1991) See more »


Missouri Waltz
(1914) (uncredited)
Music John Valentine Eppel
[Played as dance music at the party. Reprised on a record on safari]
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User Reviews

Great movie but incredibly slow as well
9 March 2020 | by bellino-angelo2014See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time at 17 on TV. Now, 4 years later I saw it again and I liked it a bit less than the first time I saw it. And despite it's a very good movie I don't think it's the best movie from 1985.

The movie is based on Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep)'s OUT OF AFRICA, her autobiographical book about her period in Africa (from 1913 to 1934). In the beginning she goes to Kenya, in Africa, for marrying her former lover's brother Baron Bror Blixen, and on the way to Kenya she meets Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), a big game hunter that knows the nature and fauna very well. Time passes and she begins to accept more and more her husband's farm but after her husband goes away for participating in World War I, she discovers that she has syphilis and ends up dedicating to the natives' children. After she finds Bror with another woman she kicks him out. After some time with Hatton they begin to fall in love but since he is a free spirit, they end their relationship. After some tragedies she does everything for returning in Europe and she succedds but not after remembering Hatton after his passing.

The acting by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford is excellent and Klaus Maria Brandauer gives one of his best performances. The cinematography is good and the soundtrack is excellent and probably the most memorable asset of the movie. The problems are the pacing, that at times is incredibly slow and it makes the movie look dull; and also that the supporting actors look very unconvincing and stiff.

So this is one of those turn off your brain and enjoy movies, because it may be overlong but it's at least treat for the eyes and the ears.

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English | Swahili

Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of Africa See more »


Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,637,290, 22 December 1985

Gross USA:


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Production Co:

Mirage Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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