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One Lucky Elephant (2010)

David Balding , Flora , Lisa Leeman  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006UTDHQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.


"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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - Touching - Docu June 4, 2012
By Alydar
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Documentary about finsing a home for a circus elephant 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The realities of 'owning' a wild animal November 18, 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Flora, an Elephant August 7, 2014
By foxholo
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This story of the loving relationship and interdependency between the elephant Flora and the owner of Circus Flora will bring you to tears. David Balding eventually chose to free Flora from circus performance, and both paid a heavy emotional price when they were separated. The film makes a strong case for elephant sensitivity and intelligence, and fosters a quiet respect for a loving animal trainer trying to do the right thing. It makes a quiet plea for more respect and humane treatment for elephants. There are strong strong arguments on both sides of the issue of animals in the circus, and insightful explorations of the depth of trauma that elephants in America have experienced. Flora now thrives in the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Mr. Balding died in May, 2014.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should see this film! February 24, 2014
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I have done a lot of animal rescue in my life. This is without a doubt the best film I have ever seen on the problems of putting exotic animals and people together. This is not a film about abuse. It's a film about Love. It's about the reality and needs of two species. It was very carefully done and I'm sure with a great deal of thought. I think it's a masterpiece!
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