Born Free (1966)
Running Time: 95 min
Directed By: James Hill
Written By: Joy Adamson (book), Lester Cole (screenplay)
Cast:Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers and Geoffrey Keen
Movie Release Date: 22 June, 1966
One of the best adaptation of Joy Adamsonâ€™s book by the same name, it is the perfect example of the saying-If you love something, set it free. This sure tear-jerker portrays the relationship between Joy and Elsa (the lioness) from a cub to a fully grown lioness.
This movie, a definite family film, is sure to be a hit with the children for its portrayal of animals and the beauty of the jungle. The real actors in the movie are the lions and there is no taking away from that. Even though some of the scenes of the hunting and killing and the elephant stampede might scare the children, all in all it is a sure fire entertainer. They will definitely want to go back to this film over and over again.
In many ways it can be seen as a relationship between a parent and child and how it is difficult to let them go. When the time comes for Elsa to be sent to the zoo, Joy stands firm on her point that she can un-domesticate Elsa and make her fit to live in the wild on her own. In essence Joy is fighting to give Elsa the life she deserves-to be free and unconfined.
The untouched beauty of Africa is as stunning as ever and it is an enjoyable and emotionally satisfying film for the whole family.