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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 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.


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Trivia

The private passenger rail car used in the film was from the 19th century and was the actual car used by a young engineer when the railway was being built. While the rail construction crew was in the Tsavo area a marauding lion leapt in through the screen window, carried off the engineer and ate him. The marauding lions, which killed many railway workers, was the inspiration of the highly fictionalized film The Ghost and the Darkness (1996). Before filming, this car was in the Nairobi Railway Museum, bearing the 19th century color scheme. Repainted for Out of Africa, the car can be viewed today bearing the period colors of Blixen's time. The engine was too old to function so they concealed a working engine in the boxcar directly behind it. The stretch of railroad seen in the film had been abandoned more than a decade before, so the filmmakers did not have to worry about other rail traffic. The original railway between Nairobi and Mombasa was replaced, starting in 2017 with a modern gauge railroad. See more »

Goofs

During the lion attack scene, Denys pulls an additional 2 spare cartridges from his belt as a ready reload. However he carries them with his right hand, his trigger hand, and also the hand needed to break the action to reload. No experienced double-gun hunter would do this. The 2 reload cartridges must be carried in the left hand, leaving the right hand free to manipulate the rifle. See more »

Quotes

Karen Blixen: If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Meryl Streep Performances (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Sung by all at the party
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surprising
15 December 2015 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

a film with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford could not be more than a good one. the African landscapes, the music, the cast are virtues in same measure. but the real surprise is the wise balance between emotions, love story, decisions of the lead characters. the science to use a book for explore the nuances of a form of survive far to well- known places. the precise - delicate portrait of relationship and about the status/roots in a different society. and, sure, the high poetry of images - parts of inspired music. a film for remind and discover. small, seductive, bitter details. and for understand a part from a non ordinary biography. more than a good film, a surprising one. for a kind of magic who rebuild a lost form of romanticism and adventure.


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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:

$227,542,205
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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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