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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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Karen
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Denys
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Bror
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Berkeley
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Farah
Joseph Thiaka ...
Kamante
Stephen Kinyanjui ...
Kinanjui
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Delamere
Suzanna Hamilton ...
Felicity
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Lady Belfield
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Lord Belfield
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Sir Joseph
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Belknap
Mike Bugara ...
Juma
Job Seda ...
Kanuthia
Mohammed Umar ...
Ismail
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Doctor
Kenneth Mason ...
Banker
Tristram Jellinek ...
First Commissioner
Stephen B. Grimes ...
Second Commissioner (as Stephen Grimes)
Annabel Maule ...
Lady Byrne
Benny Young ...
Minister
Sbish Trzebinski ...
Beefy Drunk
Allaudin Qureshi ...
Rajiv
Niven Boyd ...
Young Officer
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Mariammo
Peter Strong ...
Huge Man
Abdulla Sunado ...
Esa (as Abdullah Sunado)
Amanda Parkin ...
Victoria
Muriel Gross ...
Lady Delamere
Ann Palmer ...
Dowager
Keith Pearson ...
Missionary Teacher

Directed by

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Sydney Pollack

Written by

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Karen Blixen ... (based upon: "Out of Africa" and other writings)
 
Judith Thurman ... (book "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Story Teller")
 
Errol Trzebinski ... (book "Silence Will Speak")
 
Kurt Luedtke ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Anna Cataldi ... associate producer
Terence A. Clegg ... co-producer (as Terence Clegg)
Kim Jorgensen ... executive producer
Sydney Pollack ... producer
Judith Thurman ... associate producer

Music by

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John Barry ... (original music composed by)

Cinematography by

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David Watkin ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Pembroke J. Herring ... (edited by) (as Pembroke Herring)
Sheldon Kahn ... (edited by)
Fredric Steinkamp ... (edited by)
William Steinkamp ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Jeffrey James Bell ... assistant editor (as Jeffrey Bell)
Don Brochu ... assistant editor
Claudio M. Cutry ... associate editor (as Claudio Cutry)
Craig Herring ... assistant editor
Rick Meyer ... assistant editor
Joe Mosca ... assistant editor (as Joseph Mosca)
Saul Saladow ... assistant editor
Karl F. Steinkamp ... assistant editor (as Karl Steinkamp)

Casting By

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Mary Selway

Production Design by

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Stephen B. Grimes ... (as Stephen Grimes)

Art Direction by

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Colin Grimes
Cliff Robinson
Herbert Westbrook

Set Decoration by

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Josie MacAvin

Costume Design by

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Milena Canonero

Makeup Department

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J. Roy Helland ... hair: Miss Streep / makeup artist: Miss Streep
Norma Hill ... makeup artist
Mary Hillman ... chief makeup artist
Joyce James ... hairdresser
Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist: Mr. Redford
Vera Mitchell ... chief hairdresser
Suzanne Belcher ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Robin Forman Howard ... post-production supervisor (as Robin Forman)
Gerry Levy ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Roy Button ... second assistant director
Jack Couffer ... second unit director
Patrick Kinney ... assistant director
George Menoe ... assistant director
Meja Mwangi ... assistant director
Tom Mwangi ... assistant director
David Tomblin ... first assistant director
Simon Trevor ... second unit director
Lee Cleary ... key second assistant director: UK (uncredited)
Michael Zimbrich ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)

Art Department

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Bert Hearn ... prop master
Geoff Langley ... construction manager
Frank Billington-Marks ... assistant property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gary Alexander ... re-recording mixer
Peter Handford ... sound mixer
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
William L. Manger ... adr editor (as William Manger)
Tom McCarthy Jr. ... supervising sound editor
Larry Stensvold ... re-recording mixer
John Stevenson ... boom operator
Brian Blamey ... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Blake R. Cornett ... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Malcolm Davies ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Paul Pavelka ... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Michael P. Redbourn ... sound editor (uncredited)
Idin Roshan ... sound transfer engineer (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt ... adr mixer (uncredited)
John Sutton ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Harris ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Syd Dutton ... special visual effects: matte paintings (uncredited)
Mark Freund ... optical cameraman: Illusion Arts (uncredited)
Steve Gawley ... model maker (uncredited)
Michael Gleason ... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Ira Keeler ... model maker (uncredited)
Jay Riddle ... animation camera: ILM (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter Allwork ... aerial photography
Alan Barry ... best boy
Frank Connor ... still photographer
Freddie Cooper ... camera operator
Maurice Gillett ... gaffer
Rodrigo Gutierrez ... camera operator: second unit
Ray Hall ... grip
Ricky Hall ... grip
Ibrahim Jibril ... grip
Ali Matata ... grip
Mohamed Ngela ... grip
Mahmud Sheikh Omar ... grip
Stephen St. John ... steadicam operator (as Steve St. John)
Mohamed Wafula ... grip
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Sarah Withey ... local casting: Kenya

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Stephen Cornish ... wardrobe
Ken Crouch ... wardrobe (as Kenny Crouch)
Andres Fernandez-Sotillos ... wardrobe (as Andres Fernandez Sotillos)
David Garrett ... costume maker
Jenny Hawkins ... wardrobe (as Jennie Hawkins)
Joanna Johnston ... assistant costume designer
Pat McEwan ... wardrobe
Elizabeth Ryrie ... wardrobe
Graham Churchyard ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Allan James ... location manager
Grania O'Shannon ... location manager
John Sutton ... location consultant

Music Department

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John Barry ... original music conducted by
Cliff Kohlweck ... music editor (as Clif Kohlweck)
George W. Senoga-Zake ... music advisor: African music
Alan Smyth ... music research
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Other crew

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Margaret Adams ... production coordinator
Christine Buuri ... production secretary
Nelson Chege ... advisor: Kikuyu
Nikki Clapp ... script supervisor
Brian Gibbs ... production accountant
David Hilton ... production assistant
Patricia Johnson ... publicist
Phill Norman ... designer: main title
Lissa Ruben ... script supervisor
Monty Ruben ... production consultant
John Sutton ... field consultant
Thomas Thanangadan ... production assistant
Hubert Wells ... chief animal trainer
Alex Matcham ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Matthew Scudamore ... Production Runner (uncredited)
Doree Sitterly ... associate animal trainer: stand in/double for maryl streep (uncredited)

Thanks

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Syd Dutton ... special thanks: Illusion Arts, Inc.
Bill Taylor ... special thanks: Illusion Arts, Inc.
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Based on a true story. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Out of Africa - Souvenirs d'Afrique (France)
  • Jenseits von Afrika (Germany)
  • Memòries d'Àfrica (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Memòries d'Àfrica (Spain, Gallegan title)
  • Memorias de África (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 161 min
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Box Office

Budget $31,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,637,290, 22 Dec 1985
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $266,185,197

Did You Know?

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Trivia Early in the film, Baroness Karen Blixen is introduced to her servants. Although the scene is inter-cut with close-ups and other inserts in the film, the first take was filmed as one long shot that required Streep to meet and exchange dialogue with several other characters. As soon as director Sydney Pollack yelled "Cut," Streep, wearing a high-collared shirt and snug jacket, yelled "get this thing off of me!" and ripped open her jacket. A large beetle had crawled down the front of the jacket moments after the camera rolled, yet she continued filming the scene, Much of it remains in the final film. See more »
Goofs When Denys Finch-Hatton brings a record player to Karen Blixen's home, he lowers his hand and the sound volume decreases. Volume was set at recording time, not at playback. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into A Song of Africa (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A (K.622) 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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