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A Far Off Place (1993)

A Far Off Place (1993)

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The directorial debut of Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Mikael Salomon (The Abyss), A Far Off Place is based on a pair of books by novelist Laurens Van der Post. Reese Witherspoon stars as Nonnie Parker, a young girl living on an African game preserve with her parents. Ethan Embry is Harry Winslow, the snooty son of a visiting dignitary. When Nonnie and Harry witness the murder of their parents at the hands of ruthless poachers, they suddenly find themselves braving the harsh Kalahari Desert in an attempt to escape the gang. Along the way, the pair encounters a bushman called Xhabbo (Sarel Bok) who shows them how to survive in the barren desert. Forced to work together to survive, Nonnie and Harry learn to overcome their differences and become friends.

Cast

Reese Witherspoon
as Nonnie Parker
Sarel Bok
as Xhabbo
Jack Thompson
as John Ricketts
Maximilian Schell
as Col. Mopani Theron
Robert John Burke
as Paul Parker
Patricia Kalember
as Elizabeth Parker
Daniel Gerroll
as John Winslow
Taffy Chihota
as Warden Robert
Brian Cooper
as Store Keeper
Magdalene Damas
as Nuin-Tara
John Indi
as Bamuthi
Sebastian Klein
as Child on Sand Dune
Kessia Randall
as Child on Sand Dune
Andrew Whaley
as Warden Gerald
Ethan Embry
as Harry Winslow
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Critic Reviews for A Far Off Place

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

African survival tale not for sensitive animal lovers.

Full Review… | February 8, 2012
Common Sense Media

A gripping adventure for the family

March 31, 2005
Moviehole

Celebrates the wisdom of indigneous peoples and the fine spiritual friendships they offer to us if we open up to a different way of being.

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

The plotting and especially the violence are rather appalling for a film aimed at so youthful an audience.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for A Far Off Place

½

Very loosely based on a pair of books by Laurens Van der Post, this Disney production involves two teenage strangers who must make a perilous journey across the Kalamari desert after their parents are murdered by poachers. They are aided by a kindly bushman, who teaches them how to survive, and naturally, helps the two endure a relationship. A FAR OFF PLACE benefits from breathtaking cinematography which show off the African landscape with stunning flair. (Incidentally, the film is directed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Mikael Salomon, which explains the aforementioned visuals.) The performances are also very good, particularly Sarel Bok as the kind bushman, Maximillian Schell as a heroic anti-poaching soldier, and Reese Witherspoon as the lead character (and arguably more appealing) of the leads. There's plenty of funny moments and scenes in which the characters receive help from elephants, learn to kill for food, and survive hazards such as sandstorms, bloodhounds and scorpions which are quite exciting. That said, A FAR OFF PLACE is also surprisingly violent for a children's film, particularly one from Disney. In the first five minutes, a herd of elephants are gunned down and their tusks are sawed off--a scene which will traumatize youngsters. And then of course, the children discover that their parents are killed. Is this movie for children? Probably not, but anyone older should be fine with it.

Jon Turner
Jon Turner
½

Very loosely based on a pair of books by Laurens Van der Post, this Disney production involves two teenage strangers who must make a perilous journey across the Kalamari desert after their parents are murdered by poachers. They are aided by a kindly bushman, who teaches them how to survive, and naturally, helps the two endure a relationship. A FAR OFF PLACE benefits from breathtaking cinematography which show off the African landscape with stunning flair. (Incidentally, the film is directed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Mikael Salomon, which explains the aforementioned visuals.) The performances are also very good, particularly Sarel Bok as the kind bushman, Maximillian Schell as a heroic anti-poaching soldier, and Reese Witherspoon as the lead character (and arguably more appealing) of the leads. There's plenty of funny moments and scenes in which the characters receive help from elephants, learn to kill for food, and survive hazards such as sandstorms, bloodhounds and scorpions which are quite exciting. That said, A FAR OFF PLACE is also surprisingly violent for a children's film, particularly one from Disney. In the first five minutes, a herd of elephants are gunned down and their tusks are sawed off--a scene which will traumatize youngsters. And then of course, the children discover that their parents are killed. Is this movie for children? Probably not, but anyone older should be fine with it.

Jon Turner
Jon Turner
½

A Far Off Place has a great message and good acting from a young Reese Witherspoon, but other than that it is a complete bore fest. It is completely predictable, uneventful and forgettable. This is a prime example of why dramatic music does not make a dramatic movie. I enjoy many Disney films but this one should have been left on the table not in the theater. A Far Off Place is about small group of people who live in a small town in Africa. When the all get murdered by poachers the except a young girl and a boy who had just come to visit. The only way to live through this calamity is to cross a desert to get away from the bad guys and get to the closest town. Then all the normal cliche's follow. This would be fine for most children if they had the attention span for something this slow and boring. I'm not positive about that but I would rather walk across the desert than watch this film do just the same thing with little realism. I would highly recommend avoiding this one it was not worth my time or yours.

jeremy wallace
jeremy wallace

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