I Dreamed of Africa (2000)



Critic Consensus: The straightforward retelling of Kuki Gallman's life in Africa neither moves or entertains the viewer.

Movie Info

"I Dreamed of Africa" is inspired by the true story of the indomitable Kuki Gallmann, a beautiful, inquisitive woman who had the courage to escape from her comfortable yet monotonous life in Italy to start anew in the wilds of Africa with her son Emanuele and her husband Paolo. Though first in awe of the incredible power of nature and sense of freedom in the wide open Kenyan countryside, Kuki soon discovers that life in rural Africa is not a fairy tale existence. Wild elephants and lions roam … More

Rating: PG-13 (for a scene of nudity/sensuality and some violent/traumatic episodes)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paula Milne, Susan Shilliday
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2000
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Kuki Gallmann

as Emanuele

as Emanuele at 17

as Mirimuk

as Young Mapengo

as Mapengo (Early Teens...

as Duncan Maitland

as Esther Maitland

as Karen Donovan

as Lady Diana Delemere

as Old Pokot Chief

as Pembroke Headmaster

as 14-Year-Old Charlie

as 21-Year-Old Sam

as Aiden Whittaker

as Gabriella

as Man in Boot

as Young Police Officer

as Somali Poacher

as Somali Poacher

as 3-Year-Old Sveva

as Baby Sveva

as Hannah Maitland

as Ema's Friend
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Critic Reviews for I Dreamed of Africa

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (36)

I Dreamed of Africa boasts the majestic landscapes and wildlife that explain why anyone would be spellbound by the place. But the story is fitfully episodic and the jerky editing doesn't help a bit.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Basinger handles her role capably, but is absurdly miscast as an Italian, and French actor Perez fails to create credible chemistry with his co-star.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

It's neither epic enough to fulfill a grand scope, nor intimate enough to be an overpowering emotional experience.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This film, based on a true story, transcends its handsomeness to present a subtle portrait of a woman's growing consciousness.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

In the opening segment of I Dreamed Of Africa, Kim Basinger breaks her leg. The rest of the film is so dull, you can almost hear the bone heal.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Basinger's performance is exceptional. She brings a raw, unselfconscious drive to the role that holds the film together, even while Hudson keeps it hopscotching across time.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Dreamed of Africa


This true drama based on the memoirs of Kuki Gallmann was so emotionally and sadly when she got homestead on a farm in Africa with her new husband and young son.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Kim Basinger was excellent in this. The whole film is wonderfully exotic and beautifully shot.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

A great movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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