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One Lucky Elephant


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  • Actors: David Balding, Flora
  • Directors: Lisa Leeman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006UTDHQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Sweet, heart-and-trunk-tugging." --The New York Times

"Simple enough to delight a child and complex enough to baffle a philosopher." --Roger Ebert

"The thinking person's Dumbo." --Variety

Product Description

Sixteen years have passed since David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as part of his family and made the star of his show. As Flora approaches adulthood, he realizes that she is not happy performing. Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that she is not "a dog or a daughter" and needs to be with other elephants. The road to Flora's retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey which tests their bond in unexpected ways. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the human-animal bond through one man's love for his elephant.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alydar on June 4, 2012
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One Lucky Elephant is a wonderful journey of two "kindred spirits" - David Balding and Flora. It reminds me of "Project Nim" - amazingly, a mirror image ( a captive elephant this time used in a circus instead of a born in captivity chimpanzee used in a research project ). This docu will touch your heart and foster a thought - a need for a better life for orphaned and captive animals,,,,,hey, the "best life" is in the wild with their natural families but if unfortunate to find themselves under our care - we must give them the "best world" humanely possible. Did I say humanely? Buy this docu - Flora and David will definitely "touch you heart" with their story - one that does not have a Disney-ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Leibman on January 23, 2014
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Sad but well done documentary about finding a permanent home for a circus elephant. Opens your eyes to the cruel situations these elephants are placed in and how they're wild creatures not just an object of entertainment for people. But also shows you how strongly they can bond with humans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Goddess on November 18, 2012
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The notion that anyone or anything will abandon their true nature is a delusion, but maybe it's something we all do when we fall in love. This documentary shows what happens when a truly loving person thinks that their love will be enough for a wild animal to give up being wild. It's not. The road to this discovery is a touching one. The story evolves into one where two caring people have very different ideas on what will make this particular elephant happy. Whether or not 'Flora' ultimately does become lucky is for the viewer to decide.
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