The Picture Show Family and Children's Series presented by MidWestOne Bank
FREE Admission for Kids! Adults Only $5.*
"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." -David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Casts an enchantment that is just about irresistible." -Vincent Canby, The New York Times
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) involuntarily domesticate several lions while living in Kenya. They keep one, named Elsa, until she is fully grown, and rather than turn her over to a zoo, they decide to train her to live like a wild animal so that they can release her into her natural habitat. Geoffrey Keen is a sympathetic government official who convinces the Adamsons that they should set Elsa free to avoid being ordered to place her in captivity. The film, based on Joy Adamson's book, is poignant and emotional without ever becoming banal or overly sentimental. The title song and film score both won Academy Awards.
Parental and film rating note: BORN FREE is PG rated by the MPAA (parental guidance suggeted). Common Sense Media recommends the film for ages 6+ -- read full CSM review.
* Children must be accompanied by an adult.