I Dreamed of Africa

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Released 2000

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Director:
Hugh Hudson
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
I Dreamed of Africa is a 2000 American film that is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Kuki Gallmann. The story chronicles the adventures of Kuki (Kim Basinger), an Italian writer who decides to make a drastic change in her life after a horrific car crash. She marries Paolo Gallmann (Vincent Perez) and moves to Kenya to start a cattle ranch. Imposing lions, venomous snakes, and murderous poachers threaten Kuki's way of life as she adapts to married life with a man who disappears out into the bush for days at a time. After her mother implores Kuki to return home, she must decide whether her new husband or her old life is more important to her. Also starring Liam Aiken, Garrett Strommen, Evan Marie Saint, Daniel Craig, and Lance Reddick, I Dreamed of Africa was poorly received by critics and audiences alike. Despite some praise for Basinger's performance, she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress.moreless

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  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Advance word of mouth has suggested that Ms. Basinger...turns in a performance comparable to Meryl Streep's in "Out of Africa." Would that it were so. Ms. Basinger certainly works ...

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This is a Laura Ashley on Safari meditation on bored rich people searching for fulfillment and a new life among the photogenic wildlife of Kenya. Just wake me when it's over.

  • 20

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Visually gratifying but dramatically weak, the film falls short of its aspiration to be a sweeping romantic epic.

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