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The Lion (1962)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 19 August 1962 (UK)
In Kenya, when young Tina befriends a lion and embraces local customs, her mother summons Tina's American father to help bring Tina back to civilization and give her a civilized upbringing.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Irene Kamp (screenplay), Louis Kamp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Holden ... Robert Hayward
Trevor Howard ... John Bullit
Capucine ... Christine
Pamela Franklin ... Tina
Zamba ... King / The Lion
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Storyline

Young Tina lives with her mother and stepfather on a wildlife reserve in Kenya. While her stepfather believes this is a wonderful environment for her to grow up in, her mother becomes increasingly concerned by her behaviour. These concerns are reinforced when it is revealed that her daughter's best friend in the whole world is a fully grown lion. Worried that her daughter may be turning into a savage, she sends for her former husband, Tina's biological father, in the hope that he can take her back to civilization (in this case rural Connecticut). But it seems as though Tina's mother wants something more than a civilized upbringing for her daughter. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lion See more »

Filming Locations:

Nanyuki area, Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While Ralph and Zamba were Nairobi, Kenya filming the movie, they stayed at the magnificent "Mount Kenya Safari Club" which was owned by actor William Holden and his business partners. See more »

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If Tina really did raise King from a cub she would be about 15 years old. See more »

Quotes

King: [Saves Tina's life from lioness]
Tina: [King comes to Tina] King! I knew you loved me. You saw King chose me. He's mine!
King: [Coming to Tina]
Tina: Stay away from her. You naughty thing.
King: [Mounting King]
Tina: King will see me home. He really loves me.
Christine: Now your beginning to see?
Robert Hayward: If I hadn't seen it... Well, I wouldn't have believed it. It's like witchcraft.
Tina: [Riding away on King] Now do you understand King? I don't want you to have anything more to do with that nasty lioness again. Who does she think she is?
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Referenced in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

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Beautiful Setting & Superb Soundtrack!
7 June 1999 | by Xanadu-9See all my reviews

An interesting plot, but this film's best aspects include the wonderful African scenery and wildlife, and one of the very BEST soundtracks ever set to film. As I write this, six people have voted on it, herein, and the average rating is 9.2 out of 10! Yet, this wonderful film seems to be totally unavailable on video! There's something very wrong with that! THIS film should be in the stores!!


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