I Dreamed of Africa


I Dreamed of Africa (2000)


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


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"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 the land unhindered, devastating storms destroy all in their path and desperate poachers ruthlessly murder endangered animals. Yet through the most trying of setbacks, Kuki emerges as resilient, filled with the strength of desire to take on life lovingly and fearlessly.

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Kim Basinger
as Kuki Gallmann
Liam Aiken
as Emanuele
Garrett Strommen
as Emanuele at 17
Joko Scott
as Mirimuk
Sabelo Ngobese
as Young Mapengo
Zacharia Phali
as Mapengo (Early Teens)
Nick Boraine
as Duncan Maitland
Susan Danford
as Esther Maitland
Susan Monteregge
as Karen Donovan
Jessica Perritt
as Lady Diana Delemere
Winston Ntshona
as Old Pokot Chief
John Carson
as Pembroke Headmaster
Michael Brosnihan
as 14-Year-Old Charlie
Theo Landey
as 21-Year-Old Sam
Nick Lorentz
as Aiden Whittaker
Sophie Hayden
as Gabriella
Ernest Ndlovu
as Man in Boot
Patrick Mofokeng
as Young Police Officer
Kenneth Kambule
as Somali Poacher
Rayburn Sengwayo
as Somali Poacher
Emma Vaughan Jones
as 3-Year-Old Sveva
Dixie Cornell
as Baby Sveva
Frances Slabolepszy
as Hannah Maitland
Nadine Maharaj
as Ema's Friend
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Critic Reviews for I Dreamed of Africa

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Jul 23, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Jul 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Jul 23, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 23, 2014 | Full Review…
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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.

Jul 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Kim Basinger, as Kuki, is attractive and touching, but she's given one unplayable scene after another.

Jul 23, 2014

Audience Reviews for I Dreamed of Africa


I don't think this was the best movie. It lacked in the story department as well as acting. Although it did have great landscapes, it still fails to impress.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

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

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

A great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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