An English couple living in Kenya try to reintroduce an orphan lion cubback in to the wild. Based on a real story.<br><br>Family movies get a bad rap because they are usually films that onlychildren enjoy and adults can bare only when drunk. Born Free is thekind of movie that can play well to both adults and children -- if theyare the type that like wildlife.<br><br>You should never act with children or animals because they steal everyscene they are in. Born Free features two very fine performances fromreal life couple Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers -- but when the cubsare on screen you won't be looking elsewhere.<br><br>I have read the book which I loved and well worth checking out becauseit is NOT a novelisation of this film -- Joyce Adamson (whose earlylife the script is based on) was not the angel of virtue she isportrayed here. She was a tough woman who made enemies and ruffledfeathers. Her early death is another story and another film.<br><br>The problem with the film is that it has enough syrup in it without theextra sugar that is the title song. Also the real couple had personalproblems that this film doesn't really want to deal with. From thenature of the film we know the final happy reel and are merelytravelling towards it.<br><br>There aren't many films you can enjoy two or three times over and evenget a bit emotional over -- but this is one such film. One for the DVDcollection of all animal lovers. If you are the sort that doesn'tsubscribe to the Discovery Channel than you are better staying away.
Adventure / Drama
Adventure / Drama
Married couple and have longed lived in northern Kenya for George's work as the senior game warden of the region. One of George's primary responsibilities is to deal with dangerous animals that may be chronically threatening to humans, livestock and/or crops. It is in this vein that George and his staff end up killing a man eating lion and its lioness, resulting in their three young female cubs being orphaned. Although difficult to begin, George and Joy are able to wean and take care of the three cubs, who they adopt as pets. But soon, they know they have to provide a more suitable environment for the cubs, namely sending them to Rotterdam Zoo... that is except for the smallest, who they have named Elsa and to who Joy in particular has become attached as the emotional fighter among the three. As Elsa grows into lioness maturity, George and Joy provide her with greater freedom away from their property, which may get her into trouble as a largely tame animal. ...
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