Born Free (1966)


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Based on Joy Adamson's book, this moving docudrama tells the story of how Joy and her game-warden husband George raised an orphaned lion cub as their own. Unwilling to send their beloved lioness Elsa to a zoo, they decide to teach her how to hunt and survive in the wild.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Joy Adamson, Lester Cole, Gerald L.C. Copley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as George Adamson

as Joy Adamson

as Indian Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Born Free

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A popular family film, also known for its Oscar-winning score and song

Full Review… | April 26, 2011

A compelling classic nature story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

A bona fide tear-jerker classic.

Full Review… | January 17, 2005

Although the movie is a family favorite, the DVD treatment is rather shoddy.

March 21, 2003

Audience Reviews for Born Free


I'm on an animal jag now...saw this one somewhere along the line and it holds up well as a late nite DVD. Explores nicely our relationship with wild animals--what do we owe them in return for what to bring to our lives. Anyone who has ever lived with an animal can relate.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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a classic

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

The second half was much better than the first that laid most of the groundwork. Some parts were dreary and drawn out too long, but the movie was very moving and informative.

Chihoe Ho

Super Reviewer

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