Born Free (1965)

Born Free (1965)
Born Free (1965)
  • PG
  • 1h 35m
  • 1966
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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

A.D. Murphy

Gerald L. C. Copley has done a first rate adaptation of the true story of Joy Adamson, who with hu...

June 22, 2017
Creative Loafing
Matt Brunson

Director James Hill tackles the material in a manner that relies more on naturalistic behavior tha...

June 25, 2017
Radio Times
David Parkinson

Beautifully shot, brilliantly scored by John Barry and sensitively staged by director James Hill,...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
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
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