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Simba (1955)





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The recent Mau Mau uprising in Kenya served as story material for the 1955 British film Simba. White farmer Dirk Bogarde and his neighbors are targeted for extermination by the zealously nationalistic Mau Maus. Native doctor Joseph Tomelty, whose brother had earlier been killed under questionable circumstances, endeavors to help the whites escape the hordes, only to discover that his own father is the local leader of the insurrectionists. Given the cruelties of colonial rule in Africa, it is hard for any film to make the Mau Mau total villains, despite their own well-documented brutal treatment of their enemies. Simba downplays side-taking and ideology, choosing instead to concentrate on the adventure and suspense elements. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Dirk Bogarde
as Allan Howard
Virginia McKenna
as Mary Crawford
Basil Sydney
as Mr. Crawford
Marie Ney
as Mrs. Crawford
Joseph Tomelty
as Dr. Hughes
Earl Cameron
as Karanja
Glyn Lawson
as Mundati
John Chandos
as Settler at Meeting
Des Roberts
as Col. Bridgeman
Errol John
as African Inspector
Donald Sinden
as Tom Drummond
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Critic Reviews for Simba

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Perhaps over-gruesome in spots, this is a recommendable British drama about the Mau Mau terrorism in East Africa.

November 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Simply to exploit the dramatic potentials of violence and mistrust in the present situation in Kenya is not enough; and Simba, though its intentions may be more serious, achieves little more than this.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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