Out of Africa

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Aptly described in TO as a Safari Park movie; it's hard to imagine how even an untalented director could make the landscape here look less than ravishing, and Pollack is certainly better than untalented. As to the rest: Meryl gets to try a Danish accent this time as Karen Blixen, the author whose accounts of farming in Africa are the basis of the film. In Brandauer, as her pox-ridden husband, she has met her match in the ham stakes. And in Redford, as the Etonian adventurer who becomes her lover, she is bettered by the 'blank sponge' effect; for once his bland charm actually has a use. For all that it may come out of Africa, the film's final destination is not many miles from Disneyland. CPea.

By: CPea

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Duration: 162 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sydney Pollack
Screenwriter: Kurt Luedtke
Cast: Malick Bowens
Suzanna Hamilton
Rachel Kempson
Leslie Phillips
Graham Crowden
Stephen Kinyanjui
Joseph Thiaka
Meryl Streep
Michael Kitchen
Michael Gough
Klaus Maria Brandauer
Robert Redford

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Intellignetly written, touching and beautiful drama with very good perfomances from Redford and Streep. The slow pace suits the film very well. The movie deserved most of its academy awards.