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Out of Africa (1985)



Critic Consensus: Though lensed with stunning cinematography and featuring a pair of winning performances from Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, Out of Africa suffers from excessive length and glacial pacing.

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Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who prides herself on her independence, Blixen finds herself unhappily in thrall to a aloof man -- and doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation. Although Redford received a lion's share of criticism for his too-American performance, Streep has rarely been better, and the film's perfectly measured pace is offset by David Watkin's stunning location photography. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sydney Pollack, Best Adapted Screenplay for Kurt Luedtke, and Best Cinematography for Watkin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Meryl Streep
as Karen Blixen
Robert Redford
as Denys Finch Hatton
Klaus Maria Brandauer
as Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke
Michael Gough
as Delamere
Rachel Kempson
as Lady Belfield
Graham Crowden
as Lord Belfield
Leslie Phillips
as Sir Joseph
Shane Rimmer
as Belknap
Job Seda
as Kanuthia
Tristram Jellinek
as 1st Commissioner
Stephen B. Grimes
as 2nd Commissioner
Annabel Maule
as Lady Byrne
Benny Young
as Minister
Sbish Trzebinski
as Beefy Drunk
Niven Boyd
as Young Officer
as Mariammo
Peter Strong
as Huge Man
Amanda Parkin
as Victoria
Muriel Gross
as Lady Delamere
Ann Palmer
as Dowager
Keith Pearson
as Missionary Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Out of Africa

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (13)

The scale of its protagonist's obsessiveness is what gives Out of Africa its splendor.

April 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Meryl Streep is back in top form. This means that her performance in Out of Africa is at the highest level of acting in film today. Since she is Streep, it means that a return to form is not a return: she has realized a character utterly different.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The relationship between Karen Blixen and her British lover, Denys Finch Hatton, may fail to catch fire. But the production itself is so exquisitely served that you can't help but be grateful for this extraordinary visual treat.

February 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The relationship of Karen and Denys is a prickly and, despite the era in which it is set, curiously modern one. It's also at the heart of this understated movie.

January 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Streep may convince us utterly that she is in love with Africa, but our views of it are a little too stately to really feel the place.

January 6, 2014 | Full Review…

My basic problem with this otherwise sumptuous and well-acted film is that I never was able to accept Redford in character.

January 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Out of Africa

A sumptuous romantic drama that not only dazzles us with its gorgeous cinematography and art direction but sweeps us with the complexity of the characters' emotions and feelings (what unites and separates them), with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in splendid performances.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Excellent acting. This is the film I think of when I hear Klaud Maria Brandauer's name. And Maryl Streep can do no wrong. Solid performance by Redford. Beautiful film making.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Incredible in so many ways. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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