Out of Africa (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Romantic Epic, British Empire Film, Period Film  |   Release Date - Dec 20, 1985 (USA)  |   Run Time - 161 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Richard Gilliam

Out of Africa gives its audience one of the screen's great rarities -- an intelligent romance combined with the sweeping perspective of a great epic. Never mind that Robert Redford is much too American to be convincingly British, he conveys a stoic sense of adventurism that makes him an ideal screen match for the reserved passion of Meryl Streep. The film's tech credits are top-notch, particularly the cinematography of David Watkin, whose spectacular location shooting makes the film a visual treat. A clear favorite on Oscar night, Out of Africa took Best Picture, Best Director Sydney Pollack, and five other awards, including one for Watkin.