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Living Free (1972)

Nigel Davenport , Susan Hampshire , Jack Couffer  |  G |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nigel Davenport, Susan Hampshire, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye, Shane De Louvre
  • Directors: Jack Couffer
  • Writers: Joy Adamson, Millard Kaufman
  • Producers: Carl Foreman, Paul B. Radin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844M7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Living Free" on IMDb

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The heartwarming story of three lion cubs struggling to survive in one of nature's most treacheroussettings is brought to life in LIVING FREE, the sequel to BORN FREE. Set against the spectacular backdrop of East Africa, this true adventure continues the story of Joy and George Adamson (Susan Hampshire, Nigel Davenport) and Elsa, the lioness they once raised and set free. Elsa returns to the Adamsons because she is dying. Joy and George are then faced with a painful decision: should they shelter Elsa's cubs from the dangers of the African wilds or should they set them free? A touching story of dedication and courage. LIVING FREE confronts the dilemma of letting go or holding on to what youlove.

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The 1972 sequel to 1966's classic Born Free doesn't quite measure up to its predecessor, but in an era when most "family entertainment" tends toward the insipid at best, Living Free is still a worthwhile venture. Susan Hampshire and Nigel Davenport take over the roles of Joy and George Adamson, the British couple who, while stationed in Kenya, adopted three orphaned lion cubs. Living Free finds the dying Elsa, their favorite of the original three and now a mother herself, returning to the Adamsons, who must figure out what to do with Elsa's three cubs, who develop an unfortunate appetite for domestic livestock. The film is on the slow side, but once again it's the animals who steal the show; the footage of the young lions interacting with other beasts, from wild giraffes and rhinos to a pet dog, is remarkable. Though light on bonus features, the DVD will surely find its adherents. --Sam Graham

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living Free June 13, 2008
Format:DVD
In my opinion, this movie was a genuine attempt to capture the resolve of the Adamsons to help Elsa's three orphaned cubs find their way in the African wilderness. Some have commented that the acting (and the actors) in this sequel to "Born Free" did not show the compassion for animals that those in "Born Free" did. I disagree. In accordance with the story line (which I assume to be more or less faithful to the actual events), the Adamsons had resolved not to become as attached to the cubs as they had been to Elsa. Therefore, they necessarily had to "keep their distance" as it were. I recommend this movie for good family viewing. I also enjoy the theme music and lyrics to this movie, which I think were well-written and appropriate to the content of the movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten and forgettable sequel April 5, 2005
Format:DVD
'Living Free' is one of those obscure sequels to huge hits that most people don't even know exist. In this case it's not hard to see why: it's pretty awful.

Susan Hampshire and Nigel Davenport make poor replacements for Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna. While you wouldn't expect them to match the original couple's easy familiarity, these two don't look like they've even been introduced yet. Worse, the film is a clumsy mess, the first quarter a clumsy rehash of the first film mixing stock footage with awkward reshot word-for-word versions of scenes restaged by the new stars with all the confidence of a blindfolded kid with both legs tied together trying to hit a piñata (although you do get to see Geoffrey Keene play a scene absolutely identically to his performance with the more experienced stars a few years earlier). When the plot does get going in the last half hour there are some genuinely tense scenes as they attempt to cage Elsa the Lioness's cubs to take them to a new reserve before they are destroyed as a menace to local farms, but you'll probably have given up by then. It doesn't even have the benefit of Scope photography or a John Barry score to sugar the pill, often looking more like a poor TV pilot than a real film (and indeed a TV series did briefly follow, albeit with a new cast).

Not good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Story of Elsa the Lioness February 12, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I was 7 or 8 years old when I first saw this movie. I loved it so much, that I immediately had my parents get me the book. This is the touching story of how Joy & George Adamson found a young lion cub that they named Elsa. (George was a game warden in Africa.) They essentially raised Elsa in Africa as a domestic pet. Nevertheless, the couple later reached a point where it was no longer feasible to keep a pet lioness. Thus, the remainder of the story focuses on the Adamsons' efforts to reintroduce Elsa into the wild. It is a wonderful film that brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw it and every time since...& I have seen it many, many times. Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers are great as Joy and George Adamson. The scenery and wildlife scenes are spectacular. I highly recommend this film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pales in comparison to "Born Free" March 20, 2006
Format:DVD
This is the quite dreadful sequel to "Born Free." It is intended for viewing by children, but even young ones will be bored with the extremely slow pace of this feature-length film. Were it shortened by two-thirds to about 30 minutes, it would be reasonably entertaining for younger kids. The acting is cheesy and very dated, and the plot plods along very slowly. There's nothing inherently wrong with the story, and the videography of the lions is quite charming, but it is presented so badly in this film that I would not waste a penny on it. Fortunately, I obtained my copy from the local library.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Joy Here July 25, 2005
By Pete
Format:DVD
The site of an immaculately turned out Susan Hampshire in thick eyeliner and gleaming white (flared) trouser suit prancing through the Serengeti should serve as an immediate red flag. This is about as far as you can get from Bill Travers' and Virginia McKenna's charming performances in Born Free, never mind invoking the real Adamsons, who led interesting and ultimately tragic lives. Doesn't seem much like Kenya in the fifties to me (I was there). Give it a miss.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Correcting Michael's Error October 22, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Michael, you've mixed up your movies. "Living Free" is NOT the film that was advertised with a Cary Grant glasses clad lion, THAT movie was "Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion," and indeed, it was influenced by television's DAKTARI.
The theme from "Living Free" did NOT win the Academy Award, nor was it even nominated; "Born Free," the film to which "Living Free" is a sequel has the distinction of containing John Barry's Oscar winning song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i like it June 28, 2014
By SAH
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
it was alright but i would have enjoyed it more if it was more like the first one born free
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie February 11, 2014
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I had the first one and had to get the next one. To comeplete the set great movie though. Thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars good
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Published 2 months ago by Alfred Frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars Also Born Free is a great video about these lion cubs
As an animal story lover I found this to be a heart warming video that I watch over and over. Also Born Free is a great video about these lion cubs.
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars WASN'T BAD
TITLE: LIVING FREE opened in theaters in the United States on July 12 1972 and it takes 90 minutes to watch. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary L. Dibert
1.0 out of 5 stars this movie is of no use as it is a pirate copie of a zone 2
have tried to contact some one about getting my money back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what more needs to be said but rip Off
Published 13 months ago by roy devor
5.0 out of 5 stars aw...sweet
movie gives you the opportunity to see lions in the wild..and get to know them...
it's a continuation of elsa......
a need to see movie.. Read more
Published 17 months ago by cfisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Free
I love the movie you all needed to try it l love to watch on my Kindle Fire HD .l love everything at Amazon.com l love to look. Thanks again.

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Published 17 months ago by Patty's Kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Living free
I simply loved it. I had seen it years ago but was having trouble finding it again. It was great.
Published 20 months ago by Jean Chastain
5.0 out of 5 stars very excellent
I like watched this movie. It was very good movie & sad that made me cry. Suggest to sell it for lower price. Thanks.
Published 22 months ago by Nora Metteer
3.0 out of 5 stars Living Free Movie
Living Free is okay, just not like the original Born Free. When it was made 30 years ago, it was probably more interesting then than now.
Published 23 months ago by woody clip
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
This Born Free sequel lacks authenticity (the two leads show a loving relationship, when the opposite is well-known) and credibility (how in the world could the three young cubs... Read more
Published on September 25, 2012 by Loyd E. Eskildson
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