A Far Off Place

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A Far Off Place
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mikael Salomon
Produced by Eva Monley
Elaine Sperber
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Gerald R. Molen
Written by Laurens Van der Post
Robert Caswell
Jonathan Hensleigh
Sally Robinson
David M. Evans (uncredited)
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Edited by Ray Lovejoy
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • March 12, 1993 (1993-03-12)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $12.9 million[1]

A Far Off Place is a 1993 adventure drama film based on Laurens van der Post's works, A Far-Off Place (1974) and its prequel A Story Like the Wind (1972), and stars Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Randall, Jack Thompson and Maximilian Schell. The filming locations were in Namibia and Zimbabwe.


The witty Nonnie and the stuck-up city-boy Harry are the only ones among the gamekeeper's family to survive a massacre by a gang of poachers on a lonesome farm in the savanna. Now the ruthless murderers are after them as the only witnesses. Without a means of transportation, the only way to escape is to walk through 1,250 miles (2,000 km) of the Kalahari desert with the help of the African bushman Xhabbo. On the months-long journey ahead they not only become good friends against their differences, but also realize that every one of them has strength and skills that are required to survive.


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