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Living Free (1972)

Nigel Davenport , Susan Hampshire , Jack Couffer  |  G |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 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: 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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  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844M7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Living Free" on IMDb

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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

Product Description

Susan Hampshire, Nigel Davenport. In this heartwarming sequel to Born Free , Elsa returns to the couple who raised her, bringing along her three young lion cubs. 1972/color/91 min/G/fullscreen.

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8 of 8 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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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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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Correcting Michael's Error October 23, 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Free November 1, 2005
Format:DVD
Once again I am reminded of how much I enjoyed the "Born Free" trilogy when I viewed this DVD. Anyone who loves lions, and the 1960's, should own and view all three movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie February 11, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had the first one and had to get the next one. To comeplete the set great movie though. Thanks
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3.0 out of 5 stars WASN'T BAD January 12, 2014
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TITLE: LIVING FREE opened in theaters in the United States on July 12 1972 and it takes 90 minutes to watch. British drama film directed by Jack Couffer and starring Nigel Davenport, Susan Hampshire and Geoffrey Keen. This film is a sequel to the movie Born Free, which was based on the book of the same name by Joy Adamson. Joy Adamson also bases the film Living Free on a book; however, it is not based on the book by the same name but is instead based on the third book in the series, Forever Free.

SUMMARY: Born Free was a great family film with both adorable and ferocious animals in the film based on a true story, you would think it wouldn't need a sequel, but one was made. Basically the beginning of the film reminds of the vents from the previous adventure, where naturalist Joy Adamson and husband George cared for three lion cubs, letting go two to go to a zoo, but caring for Elsa until big enough to be let loose in the wild. Time has passed, and adult lioness Elsa has found herself a mate and given birth to a bred of three new lion cubs, Jespah, Gopa and Little Elsa. Sadly, Elsa becomes very sick and dies, leaving behind her helpless cubs, so Joy and George take care of them until they too are grown up, which concerns their friend Kendall. The cubs do indeed grow up, but Kendall says that they are in danger of both the poachers, but also they are in a game preserve owned by the not happy Warden Weaver (Edward Judd). After seeing, them learn to hunt and kill for themselves, and enjoying their occasional company, Joy and George know that they must take action to ensure the lions are captured and taken away to another wild habitat. The mischevisis clubs start to get interested in other animals. They come across a rabbit type creature and they chase him into his hole.
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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 7 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 10 months ago by cfisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Free
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Published 11 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 13 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 16 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 16 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 19 months ago by Loyd E. Eskildson
3.0 out of 5 stars VHS
The quality of the picture is not good but watchable.Can I get it in dvd format?It was s good movie to watch.Only wish the pictures were better definition
Published 21 months ago by psdesy's
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Free
A very awesome family film. Everyone can enjoy this film without exception.
It covers love, patience and remarkable friendships that are hard to find now a days.
Published on October 17, 2011 by C. Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous films, but disc UK only
Both of these films are wonderful, and like Joy Adamson, I have fallen in love with Elsa. George & Joy Adamson created (as far as anyone knows) the first human-raised lion pride,... Read more
Published on June 10, 2011 by James
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