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To Walk with Lions

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Tony Fitzjohn, an orphaned drifter from London finds himself down and out in a remote East African town. To earn money for a ticket back to England, he agrees to a couple of week's work on a secluded game reserve.

Tony discovers that his reclusive employer is George Adamson of 'Born Free' fame who, many years before with his wife Joy, set the tame lioness Elsa free in the wild. After Born Free, George retreated from the world to a reserve called Kora. Here he oversees the herds of elephant and rhino, but his main work is to re-introduce dozens of captive lions from around the world, back into the wild. Tony grows to understand the lions and to love them as much as George.

One of the most deadly developments in Northern Kenya is the arrival of bandits or 'shifta' - small bands of renegade soldiers on the run from the wars - merciless toward rhino, elephant and man. A small band of shifta move toward George's camp to kill the Old Lion Man. Tony helps to drive the shifta away, but is too late. George dies in his arms.

George's death has an international impact and stimulates a successful initiative by the Kenyan Government to drive out the shifta and end the poaching.


Type of film
35mm Kodak
Carl Schultz
John Buchanan
Angela Corrano
Keith Ross Leckie
Director of Photography
Jean Lepine
Recordist – Stuart French
Principal Cast
Richard Harris, Ian Bannen, Kerry Fox, Geraldine Chaplin, Honor Blackman


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Last updated 26th November 2005

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