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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.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

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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Won 7 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Based on a true story.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The story was originally planned as a project for Greta Garbo. At various times, Orson Welles, David Lean and Nicolas Roeg had tried to make a film about Karen Blixen. See more »

Goofs

The double-lever, rack-and-pinion "Wing" corkscrew has its origins in H.S. Heely's 1888 British patent on a corkscrew he called the A1 Heeley Double Lever. A version of the corkscrew reached the United States in 1930, but it was widespread in Europe before that. See more »

Quotes

Karen Blixen: Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Havana: Featurette (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by all at the party
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Deserved praise?
22 September 2006 | by gaiter88See all my reviews

What makes a good film? It's funny I lent my DVD of this to a mate recently and although she didn't hate it she didn't get it either. Which surprised me because, to me, there has never been any doubt in my mind about the beauty and quality of this film. Anyway I was surfing IMDb and decided to look at this page. There is (or was) a thread on the discussion board about whether this was a good or bad film, I clicked on it. I have never (in my modest surfing of this site) seen such a big thread. Surely a film that evokes that much passion (the majority of which was positive and defencive) has achieved something.

I'm not saying that Out of Africa is the best film I've ever seen (I've yet to see that one!) but I think I can safely say that it has secured a place for itself both in cinematic history and the future of entertainment. You see at it heart it is a well made, timeless epic.

Yes there will always be the people who take exception to the accents, dislike the ending or believes it drags on for too long, but that's their lost, I can't help thinking they haven't been patient enough (and this annoys me).

You see the thing is in many ways the endless beauty of this film lies in its subtleties. Yes you have Meryl Streep and Redford flanked by the scenery and music, but for me it's the things like Pollock's direction, Michael Kitchen's performance and Karen's interaction with member's of the tribe that make the film.

Part of me wants to tie my mate to a chair and make her sit and watch this until she gets it. The other half is slightly relieved, because I feel that with her rejection this film is ever so slightly more exclusively mine, and I know that although I'm still only young I will always have time a space for it!


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Swahili

Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,637,290, 22 December 1985

Gross USA:

$87,071,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$227,514,205
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mirage Enterprises See more »
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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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