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Born Free is the heartwarming true story of a British couple who teach their pet lioness how to survive in the wilds of the African jungles. Joy and [[Performer~P79050~George Adamson~georgeadamson]] (portrayed by real-life married couple [[Performer~P47706~Virginia McKenna~virginiamckenna]] and [[Performer~P114502~Bill Travers~billtravers]]) involuntarily domesticate several lions while living in Kenya. They keep one, named Elsa, until she is fully grown, and rather than turn her over to a zoo, they decide to train her to live like a wild animal so that they can release her into her natural habitat. [[Performer~P37326~Geoffrey Keen~geoffreykeen]] is a sympathetic government official who convinces the Adamsons that they should set Elsa free to avoid being ordered to place her in captivity. The film, based on Joy Adamson's book, is poignant and emotional without ever becoming banal or overly sentimental. The title song and film score both won Academy Awards. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:March 14, 1966

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Virginia McKenna Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1966 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Barry Best Song 1966 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Barry Best Original Score 1966 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Barry Best Original Score 1966 Nominee

Cast

Virginia McKenna
as Joy Adamson
Bill Travers
as George Adamson
Geoffrey Keen
as Comm. Kendall
Peter Lukoye
as Nuru
Omar Chambati
as Makkede
Bill Godden
as Sam
Robert Cheetham
as Ken
Robert Young
as James
Brian Epsom
as Baker

Crew

Carl Foreman
Producer
Joy Adamson
Book Author
Kenneth Talbot
Cinematographer
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
John Barry
Songwriter
Don Deacon
Editor
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