Born Free

Born Free

James Hill (1966)

U Certificate


Our Score
Beautifully shot, brilliantly scored by John Barry and sensitively staged by director James Hill, this charming adaptation of Joy Adamson's bestseller is one of the great animal films. It goes without saying that all eyes will be on Elsa the lioness whenever she is on the screen, with her reluctance to take the first steps back into the wild bringing a lump to every throat. But the human performances are also first rate, with Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers bringing real warmth, rather than easy sentimentality, to their roles, while Geoffrey Keen excels as the kindly commissioner who persuades them to part with their pet.


Oscar-winning fact-based drama chronicling the lives of game wardens Joy and George Adamson, who adopted an orphaned lion cub in Kenya and trained the animal to survive in the wild so that one day it might return to its natural habitat. Starring Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers and Geoffrey Keen.

Cast & Crew

Joy Adamson Virginia McKenna
George Adamson Bill Travers
Kendall Geoffrey Keen
Nuru Peter Luckoye
Makkede Omar Chambati
Sam Bill Godden
Baker Bryan Epsom
Ken Robert Cheetham
James Robert S Young
Watson Geoffrey Best
Indian doctor Surya Patel
Director James Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray