Born Free

Born Free (1966)

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  • Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1966-04-20
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 116 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: High Road
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Directors: Tom McGowan, James Hill.
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At a national park in Kenya, English game warden George Adamson and his wife, Joy, care for three orphaned lion cubs. After the two larger lions are shipped off to a zoo in the Netherlands, the smallest of the three, Elsa, stays with the couple. When Elsa is blamed for causing an elephant stampede in the nearby village, head warden John Kendall demands the young lion either be trained to survive in the wilds of the Serengeti or be sent to a zoo.

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  • Virginia McKenna

    as Joy Adamson
  • Bill Travers

    as George Adamson
  • Geoffrey Keen

    as Kendall
  • Peter Lukoye

    as Nuru
  • Omar Chambati

    as Makkede
  • Bill Godden

    as Sam
  • Robert S. Young

    as James
  • Bryan Epsom

    as Baker
  • Geoffrey Best

    as Watson
  • Robert Cheetham

    as Ken
  • Surya Patel

    as Doctor
  • Elsa

    as Lion Cub/Lioness (uncredited)
  • Pati

    as Rock Hyrax (uncredited)
Sound John Barry Original Music Composer
Sound John Barry Songs
Production Carl Foreman Executive Producer
Directing William P. Cartlidge Assistant Director
Sound Bob Jones Sound Recordist
Sound Claude Hitchcock Sound Recordist
Directing Tom McGowan Director
Production Paul B. Radin Producer
Writing Lester Cole Screenplay
Writing Joy Adamson Book
Production Sam Jaffe Producer
Camera Kenneth Talbot Director of Photography
Editing Don Deacon Editor
Directing Gavrik Losey Assistant Director
Directing James Hill Director
Writing Don Black Lyricist
Sound Richard Best Jr. Assistant Sound Editor
Sound Chris Greenham Sound Editor
Production L. C. Rudkin Production Manager
Sound John D. Hall Boom Operator
Production Sidney G. Barnsby Production Supervisor