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Out of Africa

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Sydney Pollack

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About the Movie

The most acclaimed motion picture of 1985 stars Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in one of the screen's great epic romances. Directed by Oscar® winner Sydney Pollack, Out of Africa is the fascinating true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who, with her philandering husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer), runs a coffee plantation in Kenya, circa 1914. To her astonishment, she soon discovers herself falling in love with the land, its people and a mysterious white hunter (Redford). The masterfully crafted, breathtakingly produced story of love and loss earned Oscars® for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay (based on material from another medium), Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction (Set Decoration) and Sound.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: With the exception of Miss Streep's performance, the pleasures of Out of Africa are all peripheral -- David Watkin's photography, the landscapes, the shots of animal life -all of which would fit neatly into a National Geographic layout. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jan 6, 2014

Fresh: Out of Africa is, at last, the free-spirited, fullhearted gesture that everyone has been waiting for the movies to make all decade long. It reclaims the emotional territory that is rightfully theirs. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Maybe the problem of the pacing is simply the nature of the beast these days with expensive period pieces. Once the difficult details are all in place, it may be too much to expect a director to resist milking every scene for more than it's worth. – James Harwood, Variety, Feb 4, 2015

Fresh: The relationship between Karen Blixen and her British lover, Denys Finch Hatton, may fail to catch fire. But the production itself is so exquisitely served that you can't help but be grateful for this extraordinary visual treat. – Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News, Feb 21, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Magnificent Movie - Horrible Trailer

This is my favorite movie of all time. Fantastic acting all around and a timeless story of love, loss, perseverance and survival. It has one of the loveliest soundtracks I have ever heard, so it's baffling why they would include a trailer with such horrendous music. Had I not seen the movie before, I would have never purchased it on iTunes.


WOW! I am sooo glad iTunes finally put this movie on here. Out Of Africa is absolutely fabulous and Meryl Streep does an amazing job, I love her she's totally awesome, Robert Redford is awesome too! and I definately recommend buying it, It has been my favourite romance movie yet!

I have lost all faith in rotten tomatoes.

I have literally never written a review of anything before but when I saw the rotten tomatoes score for Out of Africa I audibly gasped. This is hands down one of the best movies. I am a huge movie nerd and love it all: the good, the bad and the ugly; but Out of Africa is on another level. The story is fascinating (based on a real woman), the cinematography is beyond breathtaking, the acting is as good as it gets and even the music makes me get choked up when I hear it, even out of context. This is a movie that I have watched over and over again and I experience it as though it was the first time each time. Words can not express how truly exceptional this movie is and how much I cry like a baby every time I watch it, and I never cry. Rotten Tomatoes, you are on notice. I said Good Day Sir.