Out of Africa

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Mirage Enterprises Released 1985

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Director:
Sydney Pollack
Released:
1985
Rating:
PG

Out of Africa is the award winning, 1985 epic drama from celebrated director Sydney Pollack. The film explores Karen Blixen's travels and residency in deepest darkest Africa during the first part of the 19th century. Her fiance is a bit of a free-loader, using Blixen's money to fund his farming exploits, (even he's shifty on those details, saying they're going to grow cultivate coffee when it was previously agreed they were going to raise cattle). He also has a habit of going off hunting without telling her. So ultimately she's got a lot of time by herself, and of course that's where Denys, the mysterious safari leader comes in. After saving her from being lion chow, he becomes somewhat of a permanent fixture of the Blixen household.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Out of Africa is a great movie to look at, breathtakingly filmed on location. It is a movie with the courage to be about complex, sweeping emotions, and to use the star power of it...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The passage of years have shown Out of Africa to be a nice, pleasant (if padded) motion picture that's long on visual and audio poetry and short on substance. It tells a grand love...

  • 75

    The Associated Press Bob Thomas

    If Out of Africa falls short of greatness, its fault lies in the politeness of one and all. Except for a brief argument between Streep and Redford, everyone remains deucedly civil....

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Biography, Love & Romance