Out of Africa

Out of Africa

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Director: Sydney Pollack

Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer

     
 

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Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi,See more details below

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Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who prides herself on her independence, Blixen finds herself unhappily in thrall to a aloof man -- and doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation. Although Redford received a lion's share of criticism for his too-American performance, Streep has rarely been better, and the film's perfectly measured pace is offset by David Watkin's stunning location photography. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sydney Pollack, Best Adapted Screenplay for Kurt Luedtke, and Best Cinematography for Watkin.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A lush and enthralling romantic drama drawn from uniquely fascinating source material, Out of Africa eschews most of the genre clichés and unfolds with refreshing respect for its audience. Meryl Streep is superb as Karen Blixen, the passionate Danish woman who marries for convenience at the beginning of World War I and moves to Nairobi with her husband (played here by Klaus Maria Brandauer). Before long, the marriage fails, leaving Blixen free to pursue her romance with an idealistic British adventurer (Robert Redford), who dearly loves her but balks at being tied to one place. Kurt Luedtke's script -- a synthesis of five books Blixen later wrote under the name Isak Dinesen -- tells the story at a leisurely pace, and some might think the film unnecessarily long at two and a half hours. But director Sydney Pollack re-creates time and place with such skill and accuracy that you'll find yourself drawn into the narrative and hanging on every word and expression. David Watkin's lush cinematography creates an otherworldly ambience that gives the Streep-Redford romance an oddly dreamlike aspect. Redford doesn't always convince us that he's an Englishman, but his scenes with Streep, whose work here ranks with her greatest performances, will melt the heart of even the most cynical viewer. Romantic epics rarely achieve a perfect balance between their technical and artistic ambitions, but Out of Africa is one such work.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Out of Africa gives its audience one of the screen's great rarities -- an intelligent romance combined with the sweeping perspective of a great epic. Never mind that Robert Redford is much too American to be convincingly British, he conveys a stoic sense of adventurism that makes him an ideal screen match for the reserved passion of Meryl Streep. The film's tech credits are top-notch, particularly the cinematography of David Watkin, whose spectacular location shooting makes the film a visual treat. A clear favorite on Oscar night, Out of Africa took Best Picture, Best Director Sydney Pollack, and five other awards, including one for Watkin.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2013
UPC:
0025192045554
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
2:41:00
Sales rank:
18,849

Special Features

Song of Africa: An original full-length documentary on the making of the film Deleted Scenes Feature Commentary with Director Sydney Pollack

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Karen Blixen-Finecke
Robert Redford Denys Finch Hatton
Klaus Maria Brandauer Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke,Hans Blixen
Michael Kitchen Berkeley
Malick Bowens Farah
Joseph Thiaka Kamate
Stephen Kinyanjui Kinanjui
Michael Gough Delamere
Suzanna Hamilton Felicity
Rachel Kempson Lady Belfield
Graham Crowden Lord Belfield
Mike Burgara Juma
Stephen B. Grimes 2nd Commissioner
Allaudin Qureshi Rajiv
Job Seda Kanuthia
Mary Selway Actor
Abdullah Sunado Esa
Sbish Trzebinski Beefy Drunk
Leslie Phillips Sir Joseph
Shane Rimmer Belknap
Mohammed Umar Ismail
Donal McCann Doctor
Kenneth Mason Banker
Tristram Jellinek 1st Commissioner
Annabel Maule Lady Byrne
Benny Young Minister
Niven Boyd Young Officer
Iman Mariammo
Peter Strong Huge Man
Amanda Parkin Victoria
Muriel Gross Lady Delamere
Ann Palmer Dowager
Keith Pearson Missionary Teacher
Mike A. Burgos Juma
Maryam D'Abo Actor

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director,Producer
John Barry Score Composer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Anna Cataldi Associate Producer
Terence A. Clegg Co-producer
Colin Grimes Art Director
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
David Harris Special Effects
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Norma Hill-Patton Makeup
Mary Hillman Makeup
Kim Jorgensen Executive Producer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Kurt Luedtke Screenwriter
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
William Steinkamp Editor
Judith Thurman Associate Producer
David Watkin Cinematographer
Herbert Westbrook Production Designer

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