I Dreamed of Africa


I Dreamed of Africa

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 101


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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

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Audience Reviews for I Dreamed of Africa

  • Feb 18, 2015
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2009
    The scenery and Vincent Perez were worth a look. I've never seen Garrett Strommen, or at least I don't remember. And that's odd because he is HOT! I've read that it stays rather true to the actual story.
    April N Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2008
    Kim Basinger was excellent in this. The whole film is wonderfully exotic and beautifully shot.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2007
    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 M Super Reviewer

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