To Walk with Lions
|To Walk with Lions|
|Directed by||Carl Schultz|
|Produced by||Julie Allan
|Written by||George Adamson (book)
Keith Ross Leckie
|Music by||Alan Reeves|
|Distributed by||IAC Film and Television
|Running time||106 minutes|
After to his marriage to Joy Adamson, both of fame in the film Born Free based on Joy's book of the same name, Adamson spent the latter part of his life protecting the lions and other wildlife in the Kora National Reserve, Kenya. He encounters poachers and government corruption blocking his quest for wildlife preservation.
- Richard Harris as George Adamson
- Ian Bannen as George's brother Terrence Adamson
- John Michie as Tony Fitzjohn
- Honor Blackman as Joy Adamson
- Kerry Fox as Lucy Jackson
- Hugh Quarshie as Hugh
- Geraldine Chaplin as Victoria Anrecelli
Tony Fitzjohn (John Michie) has just come to work on Kora, a lion preserve, for two elderly brothers, George and Terrence Adamson (Ian Bannen). On the first day Fitzjohn goes against George’s advice and is nearly mauled by a lion. Being informed this is how the last person to fill his position came to be killed, he writes the whole place off as crazy and decides to leave. With a last minute change of heart, and a lion cub brought in from a zoo for him to train and reintroduce into the wild he soon discovers his life’s true calling.
Years pass and Kora’s lions are being picked off by herdsmen one by one with bullets and poison and the elephants and rhinos are being poached at an alarming rate for their tusks and horns. The Adamson brothers are expending all of their energies in protecting the wildlife but can hardly compete; as Fitzjohn observes “A ranger may make 800 shillings a month but a poacher will pay him 10,000 just to turn his back for a day”. The odds seem to be insurmountable as the poachers pile in and the animal death toll rises while the local government decides that it doesn’t really want a wildlife preserve at all.
- To Walk with Lions at the Internet Movie Database
- George Adamson Website featuring photos, letters and much information on George Adamson.
- George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust
- Born Free Foundation website
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