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A Far Off Place (1993)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Mikael Salomon

Writers:

Laurens van der Post (books), Robert Caswell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 2000 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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Thrown together on an incredible African adventure, they have only one hope for survival... each other. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A far off place - äventyret i Kalahariöknen See more »

Filming Locations:

Namibia See more »

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Gross USA:

$12,890,752
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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HITTING HARD
Written and Performed by Mac Prindy
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Very original; not a 'knock-off' of "Walk-About"!
28 April 2005 | by cbjslpSee all my reviews

This movie about the struggles of these young people in a hostile environment, not knowing who to trust, and learning to know and trust themselves and each other, truly touched me. I have the tape and it is one that I enjoy watching again and again. Several observers have indicated that "A Far Off Place" is a poor re-make of the Australian-set "Walk-About". If they had paid attention to the writing credits, they would have found that "Walk-About" was based on the novel of the same name by James Vance Marshall. "A Far Off Place" is based on two novels by Laurens van der Post: "A Story of the Wind" and "A Far Off Place". Van der Post was by far the more acclaimed author. Several reviewers of both movies have commented on the animal death scenes. In this movie, in the Kalahari, the unanswered question I have wondered about is; what happened to Nonni's dog?


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