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Part of the: Born Free Trilogy

Status: Released

Runtime: 95

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Language: en

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  • Königin der Wildnis
  • Frei geboren
Content Score: 100


6.5/10 (12 votes)


Born Free (1966) is an Open Road Films Ltd./Columbia Pictures feature film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised an orphaned lion cub to adulthood, and released her into the wilds of Kenya.


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Director: James Hill
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Virginia McKenna

Virginia McKenna
as Joy Adamson

Bill Travers

Bill Travers
as George Adamson

Geoffrey Keen

Geoffrey Keen
as Kendall

Peter Lukoye

Peter Lukoye
as Nuru

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A review by John Chard

The wonders of Elsa.

Born Free is based on George and Joy Adamson and their raising of a lioness during their time living at a game reserve in Kenya. It's directed by James Hill, adapted to screenplay by Lester Cole, and stars Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as the Adamsons. Music is by John Barry and cinematography by Kenneth Talbot.

It's a classic case of a family film keeping everything simple for maximum results. A big hit upon release, as was the book written by Joy Adamson, the beautiful landscapes and emotionally swirling musical score marry up perfectly with the story being told... read the rest.


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