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Last night I dreamed of Africa...
Based on the eponymous novel by Isak Dinesen, pen name of Danish writer Karen Blixen, Out of Africa tells of Blixen's time in the Kenyan highlands, her unhappy marriage, her attempts at a failed coffee farm, and her romance with big game hunter Denys Finch-Hatton.
Meryl Streep gives one of the best performances of her career opposite Robert Redford as Denys Finch-Hatton and Klaus-Maria Brandauer as Bror Blixen. Expertly directed by Sydney Pollack, incredibly scored by John Barry, and showcasing the very best of the African landscape, Out of Africa has well earned its place as #13 on AFI's 100 Years: 100 Passions.
The incredible acting, smoking-hot chemistry, and heartrending storyline vault this epic romance into the same league as Gone with the Wind, From Here to Eternity, and Casablanca. This description in no way does this movie justice.
Provides examples of:
- Double Standard (subverted: Karen can, eventually, hunt and farm with the best of them, and is even invited into the to-this-day men-only bar at the Muthaiga Club. She remains the only woman ever to drink there.)
- Fake Brit: Robert Redford. Director Sidney Pollack didn't even let him try to do a British accent because it would sound too silly coming from the All American Redford.
- Fake Nationality (Meryl Streep, excellently done)
- Great White Hunter: Denys Finch-Hatton
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The Oscar winning score by John Barry.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent (Robert Redford)
- Scenery Porn.
- Shoot the Money
- Tear Jerker