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29 Ratings

Born Free

Directed by James Hill, Tom McGowan
United Kingdom, United States, 1966
Drama, Adventure, Family


A faithful adaptation of Joy Adamson’s book about Elsa, the lion Adamson raised from a cub and then rehabilitated back into the wild. Shot on location in Kenya, the film follows Elsa from cubhood to motherhood.

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Born Free Directed by James Hill, Tom McGowan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1967 | 2 wins including: Best Music, Original Song

National Board of Review

1967 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Directors Guild of America

1967 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Golden Globes (USA)

1967 | 3 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Drama

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