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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.

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Sydney Pollack

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Karen Blixen (based upon: "Out of Africa" and other writings), Judith Thurman (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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Language:

English | Swahili

Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jenseits von Afrika See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,637,290, 22 December 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$87,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,185,197
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The part of the school teacher was played by Keith Pearson, who was a school teacher in real life. He worked at the Nairobi Academy, which was just up the road from the filming location. See more »

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The number of pieces of fruit on the plate changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

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

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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A Good Woman In Africa
30 August 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

This is an overlong film derived from Isak Dinesen's memoirs of running a coffee plantation in Kenya in the early years of the twentieth century. The book is a different kettle of fish altogether, but I won't go into that. Sydney Pollock does a fine job of directing here, but in a way the movie is almost overproduced. There was, it seems, so much time and money to play with that the film drags an awful lot. Kurt Luedtke's script is laconic in the Hemingway manner, and very smart, though some of the ultra-sophisticated one-liners began to irritate me after a while. Pollock has a fine dramatic instinct and I wish that there was more drama in this film for him to lavish his talent on. The location shooting is superb, and the depiction of home and village life in colonial Africa is nicely done. I find the romance between Dinesen (called by her real name, Baroness Karen Blixen) and aviator-adventurer Denis Finch-Hatton, less than compelling, partly because, as the latter, Robert Redford refuses to use a British accent, which gives the movie a Hollywood feel, not a bad thing in itself, but the film was made in Africa, with a mostly British cast, and Meryl Streep as Blixen uses an impeccable Danish accent, which makes Redford seem like a fish out of water. This is bothersome because in many ways Redford is well cast in the role, thus his American diction seems like sheer willfulness on his part, which it probably was. Streep is fine in her role, and is especially good in her grand dame moments, as lady of the manor.

There are some worthwhile incidental pleasures in this film. John Barry's fine score is perfect for the material, and really soars near the end, appropriately I imagine since one of the two main characters is an aviator. In supporting roles, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Suzanna Hamilton and Michael Gough work small wonders. The use of Mozart, while true to life, makes this post-Amadeus film seem already like a period piece; the period being the 1980's. Mozart was all the rage in those days. His great music is, however, non- if not anti-emotional, and it's odd that it was used so often in the movie. The effect of the music is somewhat intimidating in the context of the romance at the center of the film, as it doesn't suit at all what's happening on screen, which can't help but make the viewer think that perhaps he's missing something; or maybe the film is just too smart for him. This is, again, a very eighties sort of feeling, of the sort of one gets from watching Chariots Of Fire, or listening to the music David Byrne and Laurie Anderson.


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