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A Far Off Place (1993)

When a gang of African poachers raid her family's farm, young Nonni, visiting American teenager Harry Winslow and a local bushman guide must escape into the Kalahari desert and reach the nearest town.

Director:

Mikael Salomon

Writers:

Laurens van der Post (books), Robert Caswell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Nonnie Parker
Ethan Embry ... Harry Winslow (as Ethan Randall)
Jack Thompson ... John Ricketts
Sarel Bok Sarel Bok ... Xhabbo
Robert John Burke ... Paul Parker (as Robert Burke)
Patricia Kalember ... Elizabeth Parker
Daniel Gerroll ... John Winslow
Maximilian Schell ... Col. Mopani Theron
Miles Anderson ... Jardin
Fidelis Cheza Fidelis Cheza ... Tracker
Taffy Chihota Taffy Chihota ... Warden Robert
Anthony Chinyanga Anthony Chinyanga ... Doctor
Brian Cooper Brian Cooper ... Store Keeper
Magdalene Damas Magdalene Damas ... Nuin-Tara
John Indi John Indi ... Bamuthi
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The witty Nonni and the stuck-up city-boy Harry are the only ones to survive a massacre of a gang of poachers among the gamekeeper's family on his lonesome farm in the savanna. Now the ruthless murderers are after them as the only witnesses. Without a means of transportation, the only way to escape is to walk through two thousand kilometers of Kalahari desert with the help of the African bushman Xhabbo. On the months-long journey ahead, they not only become good friends against their differences, but also realize that every one of them has strength and skills that are required to survive. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A far off land. A far off journey. A far off adventure. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Reese Witherspoon studied with a Matabele tribe in Africa to perfect the Bushman language her character uses in the film. See more »

Goofs

After the dog was in the fight with the pack of hounds he had multiple wounds. In the next scenes he has none. See more »

Quotes

Harry Winslow: [about Xhabbo talking to elephants] Oh, this is great. I'm on safari with Doctor Dolittle.
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Alternate Versions

Edited for the Disney Channel showing. The hunting scenes were removed and toned down, as was the scene with the man falling out of the helicopter. Also the scenes with any vulgar language was dubbed over. Such as Koba saying "bologna" instead of "bullsh*t". See more »

Connections

References Doctor Dolittle (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

HITTING HARD
Written and Performed by Mac Prindy
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Not bothered by the book or film at under 13 years old.
4 November 2006 | by erasetheredSee all my reviews

I read the book when I was 12/13 years old, having seen the film quite some time before that. I loved the film and the book, so obviously it didn't bother me, and I'm a girl. The book is of course written for an adult readership, and it took me a long time, but I would not have deemed it inappropriate. The same year, I read Forrest Gump, which has plenty of sexual content in some parts and (the movie, which is toned down in that regard if I remember correctly) is rated PG-13. It's really all relative. Certain people can handle more than others, and ratings vary between countries. For example, in Canada, it seems our 14A is equivalent to 18A in the US. It's not up to a governing body to decide how old you have to be to watch something, unless one can't be admitted to a theatre or rent it oneself. Parts of the Wizard of Oz scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, but who do you think it's made for?


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Namibia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,522,836, 14 March 1993

Gross USA:

$12,890,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,890,752
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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