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I Dreamed of Africa

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Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, ...
Egon Endrenyi

I Dreamed of Africa

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
114 minutes
performer:
Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez
director:
Hugh Hudson
distributor:
Columbia Pictures
genre:
Drama

We gave it a D+

”I would wake up in the middle of the night, literally in night sweats, worrying about taking my baby girl into the bush,” recalls Basinger about the courage she had to muster up to film on location in Kenya. ”[I worried about] all of the shots she would have to have and living with the puff adders and the spitting cobras — everything has teeth.” Who wouldn’t be afraid? Based on the autobiography of wildlife activist Kuki Gallmann — a well-to-do divorcée who left her comfortable life in Venice for the wilds of Africa — this romantic drama is spiked with adventure (chasing elephants out of the garden) and real-life terror (a character dies by snakebite).

”When one’s life is a bit humdrum, you fantasize about going off to live in Central America or somewhere [exotic],” says Hudson (”Chariots of Fire”). ”It’s what everybody sort of fantasizes about. And she did it.” And while Hudson thrived on location, he admits his next project will be ”something simple and urban.” Episode II: ”I Dreamed of Cleveland.”

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