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Out of Africa 1985

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter...

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Imdb rating: 7.2



Pretentious and over-long. I mean this is one of the longest movies I have ever seen or it seemed like it.

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Pro: Streep. The camerawork. The score.

Con: Conventional and too long.
An average film, with an average story and screenplay, and average acting jobs. Probably the weakest Meryl Streep performance that I've seen. The story never grasps the viewer into caring as to what happens. The film's biggest upside though, is the beautiful cinematography. Incredible shots of African landscape, especially the flying scene.

:fresh: Meryl Streep and Robert Redford's performances are fine, as usual, the problem with this movie is that it is very slow and quite long (3 hours is too much).

The story of Karen Blixen about Africa is magical and the adaptation made for a movie is technically perfect.

I think the movie didn't deserve the Oscar to Best Picture 1985 and Best Director, Spielberg did with The Color Purple (11 nods, o wins).

The takes of Africa are great and they were merely recognized. It's good to watch it this Oscar Season and think about how good it is.

I think is good but it has not Oscar weight. (7 Oscars are too much, what were the Academy members thinking???).

Don't repeat the story.... THE AVIATOR MUST LOOSE THIS YEAR!!
If you need to crash, then crash and burn, you're not alone.
A very good story.
Meryl Streep does the European accent not quite so well as in "Sophie's Choice", Robert Redford does the sensitive dreamboat not quite so well as in "The Way We Were". Still, "Out of Africa" is decent romantic fare.
A young Danish woman named Karen Dinesen (Meryl Streep) decides to marry her ex-lover's brother and move to Africa. It is a marriage of convenience between two friends - she needs the adventure and her intended, Baron Bror Blixen (Klaus Maria Brandauer), needs the money. They settle on a farm in Kenya, British East Africa, in 1913 and decide to try to grow coffee with the help of the local natives. Karen even starts to fall in love with her husband, trekking across the African savannah to bring him supplies after World War I reaches their part of the globe. Then he gives her syphilis, and she spends much of the rest of the war in Denmark, being cured by an arsenic treatment that leaves her infertile. Back in Africa, disillusioned with her marriage and her future prospects for life, she falls into the company of another dreamer - Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford). He takes her on safari, shows her what's left of Africa's unspoiled glory, takes her flying, and dancing, and eventually takes her heart as well. They have an off and on relationship of sorts, with her staying to run her coffee plantation and him going off on safari every few days. Except that she starts to need him too much, so her coffee plantation burns, she goes bankrupt, and she leaves Africa, never to return. (Well, it's probably not a direct cause and effect situation...)
This film is considered one of the best of the 1980s, perhaps with some merit. It won a whole slew of Oscars, including Picture, Director (Sydney Pollack), Cinematography, and Score (by famous Bond composer John Barry). Given all that, I think it's a bit overrated. The romance is toned down enough to earn a PG rating, and it's never quite as compelling as it should be, mostly because it's too close to reality with the whiny, needy co-dependence that the relationship disintegrates into.
The acting is fine, though Brandauer is the only one that really does a spectacular job - he has the tough job of making the jerk a sympathetic character, and he does it so well that we don't even notice. The music is perhaps most deserving of its Oscar, a truly sweeping, dramatic score that carries us along with each glorious shot of the cinematography, which also well-deserved its award. The film itself is too long, and the plot too meandering and plodding. And though I hate the ending, it's based on a true story, so I suppose I can't complain too much.
Overall, an overly long but gloriously filmed view of sweeping romance and an Africa long gone to the history books.

I was highly dissapointed by this film. The plot is exceptionally flimsy. The performances are merely OK. But the reason to watch this film is for the breathtaking visuals...they're fantastic!
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