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The legendary true-story of Capt. Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's tumultuous expedition to find the source of the Nile river.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Richard Francis Burton
... John Hanning Speke
... Larry Oliphant
... Isabel Arundell (Mrs Burton as from 1861)
... Lord Murchison
James Villiers ... Lord Oliphant
... Edward
... Lord Houghton
... Mabruki
... Dr. David Livingstone
... William
... Lord Russell
... Herne
... Stroyan
... Ben Amir
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The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then dissolving after their journey. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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23 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Aux sources du Nil  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,011,793
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Final [to date, February 2015] full produced movie screenplay of director Bob Rafelson. See more »

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Isabel asks Burton to sign her copy of "A System of Bayonet Exercise" and hands him a very substantial book. This writing of Burton's was a 36-page pamphlet. See more »

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Arab chief in Cairo: In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy.
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Wagogo Marriage Ritual
Recorded by David Fanshawe
From the album "Africa - Ceremonial & Folk Music"
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Historical drama with exceptional photography...
26 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have seen this movie several times and have enjoyed it immensely each time. The photography is beautiful and captures some incredible views of Africa. The story is of the adventure to discover the legendary source of the Nile, with the character of Richard Francis Burton(the famous 19th Century Irish Adventurer and translator of Kama Sutra and Perfumed Garden,who was fluent in many languages, and the English adventurer, John Speke. It is well worth the seeking out and watching, with the main incidents being historically accurate(such as who finally gets credit for the discoveries). It also brings into the light the prejudices of the Historical Society in the mid 1800's. An excellent movie!


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