BORN FREE (1966) C widescreen 95m dir: James Hill
w/Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye, Omar Chambati, Bill Godden
From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "Born Free is a heart-warming story of a British couple in Africa who, at the maturity of their pet lioness, educate the beast to survive in the bush.
"It's an excellent adaptation of Joy Adamson's books (which were as much photos as text) with restraint, loving care, and solid emotional appeal that seldom becomes banal. Gerald L.C. Copley has done a first rate adaptation of the true story of Joy Adamson, who with hubby George involuntarily domesticated several lions. They kept one, Elsa, until she was fully grown and then, to save her from government-ordered zoo captivity, trained her to survive as a wild animal. The apparently childless couple are portrayed in top form by real-life married couple Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers.
"Geoffrey Keen is excellent as the friendly government commissioner who finally convinces them the lioness should be sent to a zoo or set free. Keen gives the role much depth via the humor engendered from his natural aversion to the lioness, balanced by his British reserve."
BORN FREE won two Oscars: Best Song ("Born Free" by John Barry and Don Black) and Original Score (Barry).