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Christian the Lion (The Lion Who Thought He Was People)

4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

CHRISTIAN THE LION is the story of a zoo-born lion cub purchased by two young men one Christmas at Harrod's Department store. They hand-raised the cub in London until he grew so large they knew he couldn't remain in London. This wonderful documentary was produced by the makers of "Born Free" to finance Christian's journey from England to east Africa and his introduction to life in the wild. It chronicles not only this major change in his life, but also the lasting and loving bond formed with his human "family." Clips from this film have circulated on the internet showing the remarkable and touching reunion of Christian with the men who raised him as a cub. The clips have also appeared on several TV shows.

Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, George Adamson, Terence Adamson, Anthony Bourke
  • Directors: Bill Travers
  • Format: NTSC, Full Screen, Color
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: HSV
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HA5F2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Format: VHS Tape
In the same mold as 'Born Free', this documentary style film, to me, is much better. It's about a 3rd generation London Zoo lion named 'Christian', that acts like a human...and his eventual introduction into a life with wild lions in Africa. Much of the film centers around George Adamson, and how he forms a pride of lions out of rehabilitated, orphan cubs. Which is just amazing.

Never have i seen such love displayed by "ferocious beasts". 'Christian' is a cat like no other. He will surely touch your heart.

We found it on a $1 DVD, at Family Dollar. It's a double feature disc with another family film ('Lil'Scratch'), on the opposite side, about an orphaned bear cub. The transfer quality isn't that good, but the story makes up for it.

It has some sad scenes and shows carcasses of large mammals, so viewer discretion is advised.

A very powerful and moving experience.

***** 5 Stars. Highly recommended!
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If you liked the book and movie Born Free and would like to see the real George Adamson in a movie, as himself, then do not miss this entertaining and touching movie filmed in Kenya. The stars of the movie Born Free became close friends with George Adamson during the making of Born Free and they returned to make this this wonderful film. This is a true story, filmed as it happened. A London born Lion bought in a department store is flown to Africa to be introduced to a life in the wild by conservationist George Adamson.
Whether you love Lions, George Adamson, Africa or just enjoy an amazing true story, this is a movie which will entertain you and touch your heart.
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I have only just ordered this tape for my own, but I have watched the whole thing on you-tube. It's a beautiful story. Touching and heartfelt. I highly recommend seeing this.
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Finally finding an audience on You-tube, there is a reason this is a number one bestseller. There are DVD versions out there, just google search and you can find one. Great heartfelt story.
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This is the story of Christian the Lion, so as the song tells us (!), from a London zoo, and furniture store, and finally to the African wild, and to an encounter with a wonderful elderly man named George Adamson. There are a number of different cuts and encasements of this story: but this is the original right footage right here. It does not, contain, evidently, *all* the old footage, but it does contain the essential footage - that is, at least from what I know, and I have seen three versions... Additionally, this DVD is the 'vintage presentation', which I rather enjoy, with the 'song of Christian' running merrily through it. Yes, this film does tend to be somewhat grainer; but it is not a nuisance, and is still wonderfully enchanting. But really all versions of this remarkable story must prove a gripping experience! Most recommended.
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The first time I saw the you tube clip about this lion being reconnected to the two guys who raised him and let him go to live as a free animal in the wild, I knew I would want to learn more about his life. It was amazing how he was nurtured and cared for until he got too big to live in an enclosed area. Ace and John did the right thing by letting Christian live in the wild, but the wonderful, touching and awesome part of their lives was when Christian remembered them a year after being set free. Great book. True story.
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I am reviewing the DVD by HSV (Hollywood Select Video). It is a decent enough attempt to put out a public domain copy of a 16mm film, but therein lies the problem. The PD version of this film is missing a few minutes. (The official DVD titled Christian: The Lion at World's End is complete.) Even the credits are not all there on the HSV DVD.

Because of its source, the picture is a bit soft compared to the official DVD, as well.

Heck, even the picture on the cover is just a generic lion picture; it's not Christian.

Good enough to get by, but I don't really know why this DVD is around when the official DVD is available.
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I love big cats and want us to support them in the wild. This is lovely and teaches us that they need to remain there and not be subject to fairs, parades, commercial ventures, exploitations, entertainment attractions and mascots at sporting events. We are free and we should allow them to be free in the habitat that they were born. But we must intervene to help them if needed. I'm not for these people who say don't interfere to save an animals life. That is not love or conviction in life. If you love animals you always choose life for them.
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