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The Last Lions (2011)

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Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »

Director:

Dereck Joubert

Writer:

Dereck Joubert

Star:

Jeremy Irons
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Jeremy Irons ... Narrator (voice)
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Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have virtually no protection under government mandate or through international accords. This is the jumping-off point for a disturbing, well-researched and beautifully made cri de coeur from husband and wife team Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers from Botswana who have been Explorers-in-Residence at National Geographic for more than four years. Pointing to poaching as a primary threat while noting the lion's pride of place on the list for eco-tourists-an industry that brings in 200 billion dollars per year worldwide-the Jouberts build a solid case for both the moral duty we have to protect lions (as well as other threatened "big cats," tigers among them) and the economic sense such protection would make. And when one takes into account the fact that big cats are at the very top of the food ... Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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The most powerful force in nature is a mother's love.


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Rated PG for some violent images involving animal life
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Jeremy Irons narrates this documentary about lions. He was also the voice of Scar in Disney's "The Lion King (1994)". See more »

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Great visuals but show rather than tell
23 February 2011 | by generic_eliasSee all my reviews

I went to a free screening of Last Lions in Seattle and enjoyed the film. The visuals were great, music was interesting, and it really felt like you were sharing the experience.

But anthropomorphizing the main character, in this case a female Lion, didn't really seem warranted. This wasn't written for children, was it? Yes, it's helpful as scientists or experts to explain the behavior to the audience, objectively. It's not helpful saying what a lion is feeling and their motivation. I can see for myself the motivation of an animal.

In additional, I feel it could have been much better without Jeremy Irons reading a cheesy script. Some of the lines were fairly cliché. Well crafted English doesn't have to be ornate and baroque. Let the Lions be the poetry.


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Country:

USA | Botswana

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Lions See more »

Filming Locations:

Okavango Delta, Botswana See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,344, 20 February 2011

Gross USA:

$635,325

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$635,325
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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