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I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 5 May 2000 (USA)
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Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with... See full summary »

Director:

Hugh Hudson

Writers:

Kuki Gallmann (book), Paula Milne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Kuki Gallmann
Vincent Perez ... Paolo Gallmann
Liam Aiken ... Emanuele Gallmann - Age 7
Garrett Strommen ... Emanuele Gallmann - Age 17
Eva Marie Saint ... Franca
Daniel Craig ... Declan Fielding
Lance Reddick ... Simon
Connie Chiume ... Wanjiku
James Ngobese James Ngobese ... Luka
Joko Scott Joko Scott ... Mirimuk
Nick Boraine ... Duncan Maitland
Susan Danford Susan Danford ... Esther Maitland
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Mike Donovan
Susan Monteregge Susan Monteregge ... Karen Donovan
Jessica Perritt Jessica Perritt ... Lady Diana Delemere
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Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with him and her young son to start a cattle ranch. Challenges beset her, not the least of which is Paulo's love of danger and his leaving for days on end to hunt and fish with pals. She must face fierce storms, roving lions, venomous snakes, and murderous poachers, and she must find accommodation with a neighboring tribe. Her mother entreats her to return home. Can Kuki live her dream, tame Paolo, guide her son safely past the perils and errors of youth, and serve Africa? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

kenya | ranch | italian | snake | dream | See All (174) »

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Sometimes the adventure of a lifetime becomes life itself.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of nudity/sensuality and some violent/traumatic episodes | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Je rêvais de l'Afrique See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,411,445, 7 May 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,543,194, 25 June 2000
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Released straight to DVD in the UK. See more »

Goofs

There is a visible string suspending the airborne plate that Paolo shoots (in the party scene, just after they arrive in Africa). See more »

Quotes

Kuki Gallmann: We think we control this place, but this place controls us.
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Crazy Credits

End credits runs entirely over aerial shots from African landscapes. See more »

Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: I Dreamed of Africa: On Location (2000) See more »

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By the Rivers of Babylon
(uncredited)
Written by Frank Farian, George Reyam, Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton
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Nice Premise & Locale, But Story Lacks Spark
29 December 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As someone who loves African scenery and doesn't mind ogling Kim Bassinger, either, I was looking forward to seeing this film. It turned out to be disappointing. The scenery wasn't nearly what I had hoped, certainly no "Out Of Africa," and the story was, in a word: boring.

I never quite understood, or was told, a number of things in here, such as how the leading lady "Kuki Gallman") in this movie and her husband, financially survived. He was out fishing and hunting with his buddies all the time and she was home building some sort of wildlife conversation. One almost got to the point of asking, "What's the point of this story?" outside of being some sort of travelogue. That's the feel I got; an overly-long documentary about living in Kenya. It gets boring quickly.

Given the circumstances and scenery, this movie should have been fascinating, but it tedious. I'm not surprised it flopped at the box office and video stores.


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