Out of Africa

7.22 h 41 min1985X-RayPG
HD. Meryl Streep is a married woman in Kenya who falls for charming adventurer Robert Redford in this 1986 Best Picture Oscar(R)-winner.
Sydney Pollack
Robert RedfordMeryl StreepKlaus Maria Brandauer
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Anna CataldiTerence A. CleggKim JorgensenSydney PollackJudith Thurman
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NeilagreenReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A timeless classic and must see film
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I LOVE that this movie is based on a true story. It's a timeless classic, with two of my all time favorite actors. Meryl Streep and Robert Redford are irreplaceable in this film. It has become one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE movies and love stories. I've been in love with this movie since I was in my 20's and I'm now in my early 40's and I can watch it time and time again. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the book, 'Out of Africa' by Karen Christenze Dinesen, as well as, a compilation of letters from her time in Africa. These letters were mainly between her and Denys Finch Hatton. She was an amazing and respected woman. There's a city named after her in Kenya, Africa: Karen, Nairobi, Kenya. She also has a museum, a boys school, a road etc named after her in Kenya. Her house in the movie looks Exactly like her real house, which has been turned into a museum.
Cant say enough about this film. It's a MUST SEE
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waneditorReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
British East Africa, entre-deux-guerres
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Set in Kenya, the classic 1985 Sydney Pollack film starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, winning many awards. Among these, John Barry’s award for ‘Best Original Score’ and David Watkin's award for 'Best Cinematography’ are most memorable.

Kenya ‘between the wars’ has attracted the interest of writers and readers for a long time, because of the larger-than-life presence of wealthy Danish emigré Karen Blixen, who wrote under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen, authoring “Out of Africa,” a memoir describing her life in British East Africa (now Kenya), where she owned and managed a 4,000-acre coffee plantation near Nairobi.

Her marriage failed and she met and loved charismatic pilot and big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton. Finch Hatton had another lover, the aviator/horsewoman Beryl Markham. Though Blixen and Finch Hatton were long deceased, Markham was still alive before Pollack’s film was completed. She was identified in the film as horsewoman ‘Felicity Spurway’. Markham had authored an autobiography of her life in British East Africa, “West with the Night.”
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lawyeraauReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
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In terms of its cinematography, this in one on the most breathtakingly beautiful movies ever filmed. It does the African landscape justice. It rightly won an Academy AWard in 1986 for Best Cinematography, as well as for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. The autobiography of Danish citizen, Karen Von Blixen, a baroness by marriage, is brought to life by a wonderful screenplay, a great cast, and deft direction.

Meryl Streep gives the performance of a lifetime as Karen, who moves to pre-World War l Africa to run a farm that she owns in Kenya, which is subsequently turned into a coffee plantation by her husband. There, she encounters some difficulties, primarily with her husband. When he causes her to undergo a life changing event, for which she alone pays the price, things will never be the same. Yet, she ultimately finds the love of her life in Denys Finch-Hatton, a solitary hunter, who returns her affection. Therein lies the tale.

Really, Meryl Streep's performance is astonishing, beautifully nuanced. Her Danish accent never misses a beat. Klaus Maria Brandauer gives a wonderful performance as her husband, the Baron. Robert Redford, as Denys, is heartbreakingly handsome. His performance passes muster, but he basically plays himself, American accent and all, as in reality Denys Finch-Hatton was an English aristocrat, the second son of an earl. The rest of the cast, however, more than makes up for this lapse.

Those who enjoy autobiographical films, or simply beautiful films with some memorable performances, should enjoy this film, if only for Meryl Streep's bravura performance. Though nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, she lost to Geraldine Page. All I can say is that she was robbed!
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dull at Times, But Still Beautiful
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A melodramatic romance set within stunning African vistas.

Out of Africa (1985) is Sydney Pollack's epic romance film. Pollack's beautiful direction keeps you engaged in each individual scene alongside the remarkable cinematography. Some of the wide shots looked a little out of focus and Pollack oddly chose a few green screen shots instead of the gorgeous African landscape in all its natural beauty. The plane sequence is particularly lovely to look at set to John Barry's dreamy score.

Out of Africa is far too slowly paced for a movie of this tremendous length. It's a nice romance film despite the daunting length. Pollack could easily have cut this feature down with some clever editing.

The romance is the key to Out of Africa. Meryl Streep is the star here as Karen Blixen. Her Danish accent is perfect and quite convincing. I forgot, as I watched Out of Africa, that she is not Danish by birth. It's really impressive. Her dramatic acting is of a higher caliber than the rest of the film's melodrama. She realistically portrays an unhappy wife and a longing divorcee.

Similarly, Robert Redford starts out as charming as Denys Finch Hatton, then leads into a man unsatisfied with routine and leaves later on. As impressed as I am by Redford's captivating performance, I wish he was in the first half more, as he is hardly present until the second half of Out of Africa, then suddenly he's always there, then he leaves. It's an uneven balance as you wish Redford had a bigger role. Streep carries Out of Africa.

As I stated, you believe in the romance of Out of Africa. The pretty setting, atmospheric music, biting dialogue, and grounded romance keeps you intrigued. Unfortunately, Out of Africa is merely a romance. The drama struggles of Streep's character living alone feel secondary at best. The racial and gender struggles of Africa in this period film feel background issues at most. Out of Africa is a massive undertaking with little to say about the larger cultural issues brought up throughout Out of Africa.

Next, the supporting roles in Out of Africa vary in greatness. Klaus Maria Brandauer is interesting as the philandering and negligent husband Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke. He definitely is underutilized as he actually disappears halfway into Out of Africa. Malick Bowens is excellent as Faran. His friendship and kindness to Streep's leading lady feel the most real relationship in Out of Africa in the end. Bowens plays it with a subtle knowledge and understanding as the servant and translator. Lastly, Suzanna Hamilton is charming as Felicity, though faintly remarkable due to the fact that she also disappears until towards the end of Out of Africa.

In all, Out of Africa uses Streep and Redford well while they are on screen together, but the unbalanced structure leaves you bored in many parts. Pollack's direction feels languid instead of innovative. The natural African backdrop is always inviting, but the clear animal cruelty is distracting. I like the romance, but I'll leave the melodrama in Out of Africa.
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Renegade: Bold As LoveReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Last of Real Movies and It’s Great
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Based on a true story and wonderful book by a unique woman who lived it, as she tells it, she once owned a farm in Africa.

While the film takes some romantic liberties to allow Robert Redford to be, well... Robert Redford, it remains true to the spirit of the book which goes very deep into the author’s relationships with native peoples and politics, it diaries the determination of the woman who wrote it to remain an individual and overcome presides against both woman and native peoples in Colonial British rule of Africa.

As a viewing experience, it’s stunningly beautiful. It captures the Redford character’s contention that he wants to see Africa in its pure majesty before its trampled on by opportunity it’s and invading colonials. The story is compelling and thoughtfully, and the cast is stellar. You have Resford in his prime (age and look-wise as he still is in his prime), and the can do no wrong Streep complete with inhabiting another convincing persona complete with authentic accent. They’re wonderful to watch, they have a charisma few other actors could maintain in such an epic rendering. All the cast meets that standard as well.

The film has range. From intimate moments to epic proportions, it is movie magic that captures a time and place with engaging characters like leading the way.

This is a film that surprisingly was t r had at big of a deal when released, but it’s growing in popularity year by year and finally being considered to be the masterpiece it is.

Wgg hv are really fun is that it’s a “chick flick” (please forgive me on that — I do t tho k or talk like tff BF at but I know you’ll understand what that implies) while at the same time is a ripping good yarn for the guys out there who want to go hunt some game (apologies again...). But it does a great job at showing how woman can be free of reliance on men, and how men can be sensitive and caring without the macho nonsense.

The film will surprise you. It will grow on you. It will become a favorite. It’s the real thing. A grand-scale cinematic experience that is rapidly disappearing in the age of CGI and superhero nonsense they can do from a studio in the Bay Area without leaving the BART station or getting dust on their messenger bags.
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robin friedmanReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watching Out Of Africa
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For many years, I loved Isak Dinesen's writings, including her several volumes of stories and her memoir "Out of Africa" and the much later "Shadows on the Grass." Unfortunately, my fascination with Dinesen had ended just before the release of this movie adaptation of "Out of Africa". I didn't even see the movie in spite of the fanfare it generated. And the many books of hers I owned, including some rare titles, are long since lost from my shelves.

I have thought fondly of Dinesen over the years and took the opportunity to watch for the first time the film "Out of Africa" on Amazon Prime. Dinesen (Karen von Blixen) lived in Kenya from 1913 -- 1931 when the coffee plantation she owned went bankrupt and she returned to Denmark. Her memoir "Out of Africa" appeared in 1937. I have little memory of the details of the book, having read it long ago. I watched the film for itself.

Directed by Sydney Pollack, the film won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. Meryl Streep received the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of von Blixen, and Robert Redford was the leading actor in the role of Denys Finch Hatton, a big game hunter and von Blixen's lover. The movie shows von Blixen struggling to make a life for herself in Kenya with her philandering husband, (in an Academy Award winning performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer), to manage the farm, and to better the conditions of the natives. Underlying it all in the film is the relationship between von Blixen nd Finch Hatton.

There are many beautiful things in "Out of Africa", particularly the sweeping cinematography of Africa and the musical score by John Barry with frequent use of music by Mozart. The viewer sees the majesty of Africa with its plains, jungles, lions, zebras, giraffes, hippopotamuses, and much more. In a time of colonization, the film offers a highly sympathetic portrayal of native life. The life of the European colonizers and of the difficulties of von Blixen's efforts with the coffee plantation also are effectively portrayed. I loved the scenes of von Blixen improvising stories for Finch Hatton and for others. It foreshadowed the stories Dinesen would write upon her return to Denmark.

With so much to love about the film in terms of the scenery, music, the story, and my memory of reading Dinesen, I wasn't completely satisfied. The film moves at a snail's pace over its two and one half hour length. It frequently failed to hold my attention and to keep me involved. With all its virtues, the film became more of a Hollywood romance than the story of Africa and of a strong-willed woman.

I was still glad to have the opportunity to see this film. I have become much more interested in Africa than had been the case during the time I was reading Dinesen. And the film was lovely in its own right. The main impact of the movie was to remind me of a writer I treasured. With the passage of the years, I lost sight of Isak Dinesen. I am tempted to acquire her books again and to reread them. They doubtless would mean more to me now even that they did years ago. It was moving to become reacquainted with a treasured author, even in a different medium.

Robin Friedman
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denella kimuraReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweeping Music and Kenyan Landscapes Highlight a Beautiful Love Story
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"Out of Africa" captures the feeling of California's golden hills and valleys with giraffe's, lions and flamingos, in a breathless era of early flight suitable to capture the magic of the great rift in Kenya. The era is 1913 to 1919, and takes us on Safari with Isaac Dinesen, (Meryl Streep) and Dennis Fitch-Hatton (Robert Redford). The music slows the viewer down enough to appreciate the sweep of the landscape, the struggles of coffee farming at the foot of the Ingong hills and dangers of flying over safari lands to find game for trophy hunters. It is the perfect DVD to watch on long, slow hot summer days during a stressful TV news era for our country. It takes the viewer back to another time when all that mattered was to live peaceably with man and beast. The love themes show the conflict between commitment of marriage and the freedom to live for the moment. For the music and scope of photography and for letting the story tell itself without CGI, is a gift beyond stars.
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B TatumReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite movies
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I have the original DVD from when the movie went onto DVD. I wanted to make sure I got a Blu-Ray version, and will get the next higher tech version if it comes out. You can purchase movies on sites like Amazon Video or Netflix, but I want my own copy so I will always have it to watch. I have a drawer of my favorite movies, which are now hard to find, or never will appear on any movie site.
As I said, I always buy my favorite movies so I will have them. Same thing with my favorite authors. I want the hardbacks, because those disappear after a few years. Surrounding myself with my favorite movies, books, and family items is a wonderful thing.
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