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Born Free (1966)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

James Hill

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About the Movie

The true story of Joy Adamson (Virginia McKenna) and her husband, George (Bill Travers), who adopt a slain lioness' cubs. One of the cubs Elsa, is raised to adulthood, but soon they are faced with their inability to keep an enormous, potentially dangerous lioness as a house pet so they set about teaching her techniques of hunting and surviving in the wilderness.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Without minimizing the facts of animal life or overly sentimentalizing them, this film casts an enchantment that is just about irresistible. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Oct 21, 2015

Fresh: Gerald L. C. Copley has done a first rate adaptation of the true story of Joy Adamson, who with hubby George involuntarily domesticated several pet lions. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Oct 21, 2015

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Customer Reviews

bringin back old times

As a kid, growing up in Kenya and England, I used to love watching this much so, I became a vet and actually went to Kenya for 9 months on a conservation sabatical. I was fortunate to see linos up close and even had the opportunity to be there as doctors tranquilized them for radia collars.

Every time I watch this movie, I always remember how my entire family would watch it, and then afterwards, I would always...always cry at the end.

A truely inspirational movie.

Now I'm 40 and I just watched in again with my 6 yr old.

I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Timeless - it gets me every time!!!!!

Another colonial here - I think every kid I knew was still talking about this movies 5 years afterwards. We don't seem to be able to make films like this anymore - tragic. I rely on it to soothe me, calm me down, and now I have it with me on all my gadgets all the time. If we could only go back to that time and place where the world was simpler and the sun never set on the Empire.

Truly 'awesome'

A real shame how people have made the word ' awesome' a word used in everyday conversations. The word awesome means awe inspiring. Not something stupid like 'your shoes are killer awesome'. Shame. But this movie is TRULY awesome. A story of one of God's special creatures!!! I loved it!

Born Free (1966)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 1966

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