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Running Wild (1995)

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A filmmaker determines to document the story of a conservationist who is struggling to save wild leopards in Africa from extinction.

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Dee McLachlan (as Duncan McLachlan)

Writers:

John Varty (story concept), Andrea Buck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Varty John Varty ... Himself
Elmon Mhlongo Elmon Mhlongo ... Himself
Brooke Shields ... Christine Shaye
Martin Sheen ... Dan Walker
David Keith ... Jack Hutton
Norman Anstey Norman Anstey ... Van Heerden
Themba Ndaba Themba Ndaba ... Lester (as Thembe Ndaba)
Renée Estevez ... Aimee (as Renee Estevez)
Greg Latter Greg Latter ... Stevens
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ... Jimmy / Head Anti-Poaching
Tidi Modise Tidi Modise ... Tidi
Aimée Leigh ... Global Explorers Receptionist (as Aimee Lee)
Stephen Mitchell Stephen Mitchell ... Awards Presenter (as Stephen Miles)
Lakakeny Ole Sukuli Lakakeny Ole Sukuli ... Maasai Speaker
Leperes Yiamai Leperes Yiamai ... Maasai Messenger
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Storyline

Christine Shaye works for the struggling television station Global Explorer. In an effort to find a good documentary subject, Christine travels to Africa to meet documentary maker John Varty. She finds out he has been following a mother leopard for the last twelve years and is convinced she has found the best project Global Explorer can think of. One of the executives in the United States however is trying his utmost to keep the project from getting started and things in Africa aren't going that well either. John reports that the mother leopard has died after a lion attack, leaving behind her two young cubs. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1995 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Born Wild See more »

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Aww, Aren't They Cute?
28 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This wasn't much of a story and Martin Sheen did probably the worst job of acting I've ever seen him do, but it doesn't really matter because the essence of the movie is the wildlife photography.

John Varty, a British conservationist living in Africa, plays himself in this story of him raising two baby leopards and finding a home for them. Brooke Shields is an American writer looking to write about a story about it. She's just in the movie to show her pretty face and say, "Aww, aren't they cute?" That's about all she does, which gets a little annoying after awhile.

Some of the photography is spectacular, with beautiful scenery and a disturbing scene or two (i.e. a crocodile trying to eat a water buffalo.) The language is very mild, with only three swear words, probably put in to get a "PG" rating.


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