Born Free
Born Free (1966)

Born Free is the heartwarming true story of a British couple who teach their pet lioness how to survive in the wilds of the African jungles. Joy and George Adamson (portrayed by real-life married couple Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers)… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 22, 1966
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.D. Murphy

Gerald L. C. Copley has done a first rate adaptation of the true story of Joy Adamson, who with hubby George involuntarily domesticated several pet lions.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Beautifully shot, brilliantly scored by John Barry and sensitively staged by director James Hill, this charming adaptation of Joy Adamson's bestseller is one of the great animal films.

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Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media

A compelling classic nature story.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Without minimizing the facts of animal life or overly sentimentalizing them, this film casts an enchantment that is just about irresistible.

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TV Guide

The nature photography is excellent, and real-life husband and wife McKenna and Travers are very good, their genuine affection transferring to the screen.

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Staci Layne Wilson

A bona fide tear-jerker classic.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Director James Hill tackles the material in a manner that relies more on naturalistic behavior than cheap theatrics (i.e. no scenes of Elsa covering her eyes with her paws after a human does something imbecilic).

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Emanuel Levy

A popular family film, also known for its Oscar-winning score and song

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Although the movie is a family favorite, the DVD treatment is rather shoddy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
I'm on an animal jag now...saw this one somewhere along the line and it holds up well as a late nite DVD. Explores nicely our relationship with wild… More
Marcus Woolcott
Stuart Brooks
a classic
Barry Lappin
What can you say. A classic.
Chihoe Ho
The second half was much better than the first that laid most of the groundwork. Some parts were dreary and drawn out too long, but the movie was very moving… More