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


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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

Elizabeth Parker: You'll be nuts for it. Turn on the faucet, out comes the water.
Koba: Faucet. Bullshit.
Elizabeth Parker: Koba, who's been helping you with your English?
Koba: Miss Nonnie has.
Elizabeth Parker: I'll kill her.
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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 »

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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Pilot (1993) See more »

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Written and Performed by Donald Stuart Seigal (as Donald Seigal) and George Gatt
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Before I knew who Reese Witherspoon was...
15 January 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I saw "A Far Off Place" in the theaters. At the time, I wasn't familiar with Reese Witherspoon. When I was reading about her a few years later, I was a little surprised to find out that the girl in "A Far Off Place" was her. "AFOP" might teach you all that you need to know about poaching. It portrays Nonnie Parker (Witherspoon) and Harry Winslow (Ethan Embry) having to flee into the Kalahari with guide Xhabbo (Sarel Bok) after their camp gets attacked by poachers. Throughout the trip across the desert, the three of them not only get to know each other, but get a feel for the land. This is one movie that you're sure to like.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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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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