Forbidden Territory: Search for Livingstone

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At the time this made-for-TV historical drama first aired on ABC, critics praised the fact that it was more accurate than the 1939 Spencer Tracy vehicle Stanley and Livingstone; while this is generally true (unlike the earlier film, this one was lensed on location in England and Kenya), the pop-psychology sensibilities depicted in the TV movie smack more of the late 20th than the late 19th century. In 1871, young American reporter Henry Morton Stanley (Aidan Quinn) sets out to prove that Scottish-born missionary David Livingstone (Nigel Hawthorne), who years earlier had disappeared somewhere in Central Africa, was still alive, and not "cooked in a stew" as was generally believed. The film is divided into three parts: the search for Livingstone, Stanley's spiritual odyssey after finding his quarry, and Stanley's seemingly futile efforts to prove that he actually found Livingstone to the skeptical and downright hostile members of the Royal Geographic Society in London. Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone debuted December 7, 1997.


Aidan Quinn
as Stanley
Nigel Hawthorne
as Livingstone
Kabir Bedi
as Khamis Bin Abdullah
Kamir Bedi
as Khamis Bin Abdullah
Edward Fox
as Markham
Dylan Baker
as Gordon Bennett
Fay Masterson
as Alice Pike
Robert Willox
as William Farquhar
Simon Williams
as John Kirk
Luke Garrett
as Henry Parker
Dafydd Hywel
as James Francis
Rhodro Williams
as Stanley, age 5
Lewis Roderick
as Stanley, age 14
John Wallace
as London Reporter 1
Paul Williamson
as RGS Heckler 1
James Thornton
as London Reporter 2
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