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Born Free (1965)

Born Free (1965)
Born Free (1965)
Born Free (1965)
  • PG
  • 1h 35m
  • 1966
Fresh94%
Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
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This wondrous true adventure from the best-selling novel about a woman who raised a lioness and eventually set her free is beautifully photographed on the vast, golden savannas of central Africa. Born Free is a story of courage and love, nature and human nature, and a relationship unlike any other ever filmed. When game warden George Adamson (Bill Travers) is forced to kill a menacing lion and lioness, he and his wife Joy (Virginia McKenna) adopt their three cubs. Two are sent off to zoos, but the third is kept - a female they name Elsa - to which they have become particularly attached. When Elsa becomes a full-grown lioness, the Adamsons realize that she must be set free and taught to survive on her own. A year later the Adamsons return to the savanna and are surprised by a very special welcome from their old friend.
© 1965 renewed 1993 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Compelling classic nature story with some animal violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this heartwarming story about returning a tamed lion to the wild doesn't shy away from showing nature as it is. Lions kill and devour animals frequently and are shot and killed by wardens; Elsa the lion causes an elephant stampede, nearly starves, and is roughed up by other lions; and one lion even kills a human, though only blood in a river is shown. Viewers will enjoy both the love Joy Adamson shows Elsa the lion by setting her free and the beautiful views of Kenya and all its wonderful wildlife.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:April 6, 1966
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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