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Out of Africa

1985 Drama


Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.

Directed by

Sydney Pollack

Written by

Karen Blixen (Novel)
Judith Thurman (Novel)
Errol Trzebinski (Novel)
Kurt Luedtke (Screenplay)


161 minutes


United States of America




Meryl Streep
as Karen Christence Dinesen Blixen
Robert Redford
as Denys George Finch Hatton
Klaus Maria Brandauer
as Baron Bror Blixen/Baron Hans Blixen
Michael Kitchen
as Berkeley Cole
Malick Bowens
as Farah
Joseph Thiaka
as Kamante
Stephen Kinyanjui
as Kinanjui
Michael Gough
as Lord Delamere


Oscar for Best Music, Original Score

Oscar for Best Director

Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Oscar for Best Cinematography


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