Out of Africa (1985)

 


 

Based on a true story.

In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunter. Full summary »

Genre: Adventure,Biography,Drama,Romance

Out of Africa (1985)
   
Release Date: 18 December 1985 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Sydney Pollack
Cast:
  • Meryl Streep
  • Robert Redford
  • Klaus Maria Brandauer
  • Michael Kitchen
  • Malick Bowens
  • Joseph Thiaka
  • Stephen Kinyanjui
  • Michael Gough
  • Suzanna Hamilton
  • Rachel Kempson
  • Graham Crowden
  • Leslie Phillips
  • Shane Rimmer
  • Mike Bugara
  • Job Seda


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35 Responses to Out of Africa (1985)

  1. ikinmoore
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    I found the film was far to long. Two and a half hour and it did not go into detail about her farm. This was very lightly touch upon. Having just watched it I had very little sypthemy for the main characters. Okay he died in a plane crash ! No tears nothing !!! It was as if the film makers lightly touched upon it as a matter of fact way. Even Merl streep did not showed any emotion………….

    Because I am an animal lover, I guess I did not like this film due to the hunting of game.

    The best films are made in an intelligent format.

  2. derek-bradshaw99
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    …………which is not something I often do at films. To be perfectly honest I’ve seen it about 5 times over the years, and same result every time. So people can criticize this film all they like, but for me, based on that one simple criterion – emotional respose invoked – it’s the best ever. That scene at the funeral where they won’t let the Somali housekeeper into the service (wrong colour), inspite of the fact that she had had a relationship with the deceased, and Streep realises this and gives her a knowing look of compassion – well that’s one of the bits that does it for me.

  3. MsAnthropy
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    It’s been more than a decade since I read this book, so forgive me if the answer is obvious, but — is Felicity supposed to represent in any way Beryl Markham? I found it odd that Markham is not mentioned in the film, but then realized that Felicity’s character could be considered very similar, what with the horse training and Finch Hatton’s allusion to her going flying with him later. Anybody know?

    ——————————

    I’ll be whatever I want to do!

  4. sily-rabbit
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    Did Denys deliberately crash his plane? I’m wondering if he did because he told Karen she had ruined his life, he could no longer go back to being a free spirit. What do you think?

  5. petitebostonprincess
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    does anyone know what lines were exchanged between meryl and robert right before she says ‘i have learned a thing you have not…’?

    they’re talking about love etc?

  6. intoafrica
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    Although I agree that this is a GREAT movie and one of my favorites, I would love to see another movie about British-colonized Africa. :\ One that’s a little more… exciting. Yeah, yeah. That’s just my generation. If you were choosing the cast for an Out of Africa or Out of Africa-esque film today, which actors would you choose? :3

  7. A-Town8814
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    Out of Africa >>>> Witness

    William Hurt >>>> Harrison Ford

    Geraldine Page >>>> Whoopi Goldberg

    Don Ameche >>>> William Hickey

    Anjelica Huston >>>> Oprah Winfrey

  8. lazylisa
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    I’ve just come across an old BBC article listing Empire Magazine’s opinion of the "Top Ten Worst Movie Accents":

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3032052.stm

    They list Meryl Streep’s accent in "Out of Africa" as number ten out of the worst! While the others on the list are more than reasonable, this one was a complete shock to me. Streep has always seemed to me to be the reigning queen of perfectly executed accents. I found nothing wrong with her work in this movie, but maybe I’m just unfamiliar with what English with a Danish accent should sound like… Is there anyone out there in a position to make a more accurate judgement? Perhaps even someone who has actually heard Karen Blixen’s voice on film or audio recordings?

  9. chris402
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    is this movie the lowest rated film on imdb to win the best picture award at the oscars.

  10. FrogOnMyToe
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    and if this didn’t take place in a unique locale such as Africa, then this wouldn’t be a sweeping epic love story – it would be an every day tale about a lonely woman and two a**holes who wouldn’t commit.

  11. enneagram4
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    And why is this rated under an 8 on the IMBD site?

    Baffling, can someone enlighten, please?

  12. toplaycool
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    If it is a best picture winner, I would believe it is worth seeing. So is it a good movie or not?

  13. justin_gagnon10
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    … Should Have Won ! Every One Knows it!

  14. elvi2311
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    When I was watching Out of Africa last night I jumped at the image of Felicity, thinking "was Julia Ormond THAT old at the time this movie was filmed"??????

    It really struck me to find out that the one who actually played Felicity was Suzanna Hamilton!!! Did anybody else find a resemblance?????

    NB: Julia Ormond stars in Sabrina, another film of Pollack’s…. I thought it was a happy coincidence of his unconscious! :P

    • marisa costa
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      I thought exactly the same. I had to go and check which actress was it after all.

      mc

  15. kikioreekee-1
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    I finally saw this movie in its entirety last night. I was saddened that Denys

    was unable to commit to her if even "on paper" had it meant she would have stayed in Africa with him. She ran the whole farm by herself and asked nothing of him but to make their relationship "respectable" and he refused. In those days it was not normal for women to merely have boyfriends, esp when she was a baroness by title.

    So there she was, a broken woman with no more farm, losing all her people, whom she loved, he house, everything, and he shows up when she is begging for help from the new leader and says "Let her talk". Oh THANKS BOB, thanks for the help. Maybe changing your way of life just a little for a woman you

    supposedly love would have helped more? How about letting her run your farm

    when you are off doing manly things? Oh no, let me fly you to your train on your way back to denmark. wow, thanks denys!

    i wasnt upset when he died. i was upset when she said goodbye to farah, who

    truly loved her. altogether bob redford was so miscast it was laughable.

    "Eddie, come with me…It will be WONDERFUL…in the afterlife, you dont have to look for work!"

  16. MovieCrazy25
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    Robert Redford’s character was supposed to be an American! He wasn’t supposed to have an English accent, so stop saying he was playing an Englishman. Re-watch the film, and you’ll see.

  17. lade_at_large
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    YOu can tell why.

    By Any Means Necessary- Malcolm X

  18. I-had-a-farm-in-africa
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    What made you cry more, Denys’ death or when Karen said goodbye to Farah?

  19. fellsmuli
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    Have you ever heard Karen Blixen speak?

  20. tckldpnk06
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    Can anyone help me with this? The scene right after Blixen comes to the house and Karen writes him a check, he comes out to the porch and asks/says something to Denys. And then Denys responds with "I did….She said yes". What was it that Blixen said to him??? I’ve listened to it several times but I can’t make it out cuz it’s a bit muffled and then because of Blixen’s accent.

    • Kaz
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      Blixen says to Denys: something along the lines of “You could have asked first Denys”

  21. msilva7-1
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    No wonder I avoided it all these years. Totally undeserving of every award it got. It is pure FLUFF RUBBISH. This movie(not a film) could easily pass as a Hollywood flick made today. Meryl Streep was yesteryear’s Judy Dench, she would just freakin’ sneeze and the academy would nominate her. Not that she’s bad but quite obviously overrated. They couldn’t pay me to watch the "Academy Awards", to use that term quite loosely and recklessly.

  22. gleghorn
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    Out of Africa is my favorite movie of all time, so I’ve watched it many times. Every time I watch it, though, I’m still left sort of scratching my head after the scene where Karen and Denys are in bed and Denys says to Karen "don’t move." I don’t think those three lines ("don’t move"…"I want to move"…’don’t move") did a whole lot at all…I mean, I understand that it sort of ties into his ownership of her, but did anyone else find any meaning in that scene that I might have missed?

  23. CrazyMaryT
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    I was watching this again yesterday on WE. Everytime I watch the film I’m struck by how Berkeley seems more that a little taken with Karen. Is it because of the way Michael Kitchen plays the role? Or was there a slim possibility? Or am I reading way too much in to the performance. LOL The first time I saw the film I wondered that and still do on repeated viewings.

  24. jacksflicks
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    Out of Africa is truly great, but it fudges on a couple of things…. Although Klaus Maria Brandauer was terrific in the role, Bror Blixen was not the cad portrayed in the screenplay. He and Karen really liked each other and remained friends after the divorce. In fact, Bror was one of the greatest safari hunters in history and was beloved by all who knew him, man or woman. (He rates a movie of his own.) Bror actually had a good business; his problem was that he was overly generous and was always giving his money away rather than saving it.

    Karen and Bror participated equally, in their extravagances, in running through her fortune; and it was never established that Karen had got syphilis from Bror or, indeed, if she ever had syphilis. Her father had committed suicide after contracting syphilis while living with an American Indian tribe. Because of this background and because Karen had malaria, she may have been prone to assume she had syphilis. No records exist which confirm the diagnosis.

  25. kingdomcome
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    I’ve serached a few sites but still cannot find it.

  26. emily_the_strange1
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    I always thought that Karen was going home anyway, after the fire. She told Dee "the baroness is broke" and she held a jumble sale.

    When Denys said he would go with her to Mombasa, I thought he was just going to see her off, but someone told me they were going to get back together?

  27. StreeplyFantastic93
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    Someone said she was pregnant on set? is that true? and someone said it says so on the commentary on the dvd, in what part of the dvd does it say that?

  28. rapp-6
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    How can a movie win 7 oscars, but have a 6.9 rating? should i watch it or not?

  29. Jazztiger
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    I bought the CD of this film’s soundtrack after hearing one of the tracks on a compilation album and I think it is the most emotive film scores I have ever heard. I still haven’t seen the film but I am looking forward to it!

  30. smileyfacesteph9182
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    I checked this movie out at the library at my college and was wondering what other people think of it.

    Thanks

  31. sylvan97
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    Karen should have known right away that the whole marriage would be a fiasco. Her husband brought a date to their wedding for God’s sake!

    Blix: Have you met Vickie Gresham?

    Vickie: Hello, Baroness; I’d curtsey, but I’m drunk.

    Karen: (To her new husband) May I see you please?

  32. Trouter2000
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    Absolutely shocking, Akira Kurosawa created arguably one of Japan’s greatest films, and one of the greatest films period in 1985, only to have it beat by (smirk) Out of Africa. I mean nobody even remembers Out of Africa, but Ran is unforgettable. It is one of the most viscerally stunning pictures I have ever had the pleasure of viewing.

    So how did this in a million years beat Ran? It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

  33. oilandgarlic
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    lots of people actualy talking to one another, no car chases.

    no explosions, no violence or rapes where there are large breasted women.

    a plot and a good one at that…..no wonder there are bad posts about this

    AWARD WINNING FILM.

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