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.
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