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Out of Africa (1985)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Karen
... Denys
... Bror
... Berkeley
... Farah
Joseph Thiaka ... Kamante
Stephen Kinyanjui ... Kinanjui
... Delamere
Suzanna Hamilton ... Felicity
... Lady Belfield
... Lord Belfield
... Sir Joseph
... Belknap
Mike Bugara ... Juma
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.


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20 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jenseits von Afrika  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Julie Christie was considered for the role of Karen Blixen. See more »

Goofs

Karen Blixen's champagne glass is empty when she slaps a rude man at the New Year's Eve party. Denys takes her arm and pulls her immediately onto the dance floor. When they dance, her glass has champagne in it. See more »

Quotes

Karen Blixen: Forget it. This water lives in Mombassa anyway.
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Referenced in ¿Dónde estabas entonces?: 1984 (2018) See more »

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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Excellently made, Streep wonderful, Redford miscast
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Fifty years ago I was living in the Kenya highlands, only a few miles from the old Blixen farm. Not a great deal had changed since the 1920s, the period of the movie, which manages a reasonable re-creation. However, the background is unlikely to mean much to Americans, only confirming unreal stereotypes of the colonial British. Meryl Steep, as we have come to expect, is superb in the part; and in 2003 she co-narrated a wonderful documentary on the remarkable Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), to whom in fact she bears some physical resemblance. Robert Redford is badly miscast, and why the producers didn't get one of many superb English actors for the part I can't imagine. As a love story well told in what to most people will be an exotic setting, beautifully photographed, it should be highly rated, justifying its many awards.


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