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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 DeVries (as Dirkie Hayes)
Jamie Uys ... Anton DeVries (as Jamie Hayes)
Lady Frolic of Belvedale Lady Frolic of Belvedale ... Lolly
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
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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mimosa Films See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Apart from the practical difficulties associated with filming in the desert, what made this movie even more of a feat was that it was filmed twice; once in Afrikaans and once in English. See more »


Remade as Papam Pasivaadu (1972) See more »


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Dirkie DVD
13 January 2008 | by beckystoddSee all my reviews

You can find this at cvmc.net - I ordered one and it's an excellent copy. It's format 0 so it will work on most DVD players. It was $39.99 plus $5.00 s/h. It comes with a labeled case and is very professional looking. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the movie. I have been looking for this movie forever and this is the first professional copy I've found that works in U.S. players. I found a couple of people willing to make and send a copy but no one ever came through for me and the quality offered was questionable. I hope this helps everyone who loved this movie as a child and who has been looking for it. This was a great movie and I'm so happy that it's finally available.

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