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Dirkie (1969)

After a plane crash a young boy and his dog wander through the Kalahari desert.


Jamie Uys (as Jamie Hayes)


Jamie Uys (as Jamie Hayes)


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Cast overview:
Wynand Uys Wynand Uys ... Dirkie (as Dirkie Hayes)
Jamie Uys ... Anton (as Jamie Hayes)
Lady Frolic of Belvedale Lady Frolic of Belvedale ... Lolly (as Lady Frolic Of Belvedale)
Wilhelm Esterhuizen Wilhelm Esterhuizen ... Smitty
Sue Burman Sue Burman ... Joan
Jan Bruyns Jan Bruyns ... Colonel (as Jan Bruijns)
Pieter Hauptfleisch Pieter Hauptfleisch ... Uncle Pete
Johan du Plooy Johan du Plooy ... Jack (as Johan Du Plooy)
Bill Brewer Bill Brewer ... Editor
Jacques Loots Jacques Loots ... Doctor (as Jaques Loots)
Heinrich Marnitz Heinrich Marnitz ... Hoffman
Eugene Erasmus Eugene Erasmus ... Operator


Filmed in the most dangerous wastelands, the Kalahari Desert, "Lost in the Desert" is a story of suspense, conflict and incredible human courage as an 8-year-old boy and his dog are left to face this vast wasteland alone after an airplane crash, while an army of men and machines penetrate the desert searching for them. The film is based on true events and is sure to hold you spellbound! Written by Anonymous

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The most amazing adventure a boy ever lived through! See more »


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South Africa


Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventure in the Red Desert See more »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wynand Uys (as Dirkie Hayes) receives 'introducing' credit. See more »


Remade as Papam Pasivaadu (1972) See more »


Wait for Tomorrow
(Title Song)
Sung by Edwin Duff
Written by Jimmy Stewart, Doug Ashdown and Eric Gross
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Dirkie Dirkie Dirkie!!!
16 April 2006 | by dan_egan31See all my reviews

When I think of the film 'Dirkie' aka 'Lost in the Desert', I am immediately filled with numerous emotions; from pity for the child, to gratitude for how the film educated me, to amazement at how so few people appear to have seen it, to anger at the fact that none of my three movie books (nor any others through which i have flicked) make any reference to it! 'Dirkie' should be compulsory viewing for all children, as I am certain that, for me anyway, my life was enriched through experiencing it (and I was only five years of age)! While 'Lost in the Desert' was a mere 'support' to the main feature 'The Flight of the Doves'- mum having brought myself and my sisters to see the latter in 1970- 'Dirkie' blew us away! This masterpiece (I exaggerate not) was clearly aimed at a young audience, but having recently acquired -and viewed- a DVD copy, I have once again confirmed after 36 years, that this movie is so much more. Many of you have listed some of the profound images which have remained with you over the years, and I fully concur, but for me, Dirkie has so many more attributes; like the clever direction, timing and script, in addition to a rich soundtrack (of which we are not always consciously aware). The juxtaposition of sophisticated Chopin and images of primitive, arid desert was a move taken by an inspired director, indeed, the entire movie is inspired, with each and every scene having meaning, relevance and the ability to stir a spectrum of emotions in those who have the privilege to experience (and the intelligence to understand) it. I will be eternally grateful to the director (and his son) for the enjoyment which their creation has given me for so many years. Apart from all of the other things which this film has done for me, it succeeded in stirring primal emotions in me (a little 5 year old boy at the time) and inspiring me to dream.

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