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Simba (1955)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 9 September 1955 (USA)
A European family in East Africa finds itself caught up in an uprising by local black Africans against their white colonial masters. Based on the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya in the early 1950s.

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Anthony Perry (original story), John Baines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Alan Howard
Donald Sinden ... Inspector Drummond
Virginia McKenna ... Mary Crawford
Basil Sydney ... Mr. Crawford
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Mrs. Crawford
Joseph Tomelty ... Dr. Hughes
Earl Cameron ... Karanja
Orlando Martins ... Headman
Ben Johnson ... Kimani
Frank Singuineau Frank Singuineau ... Waweru
Huntley Campbell Huntley Campbell ... Joshua
Slim Harris Slim Harris ... Chege
Glyn Lawson Glyn Lawson ... Mundati
Harry Quashie Harry Quashie ... Thakla
John Chandos John Chandos ... Settler at Meeting
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Storyline

When Alan Howard, a young Englishman, arrives in Kenya to visit his older brother on his farm he finds the latter has been brutally murdered by the Mau Mau. He decides to go on exploiting the farm and to fight the rebels with all his energy. He falls in love with Mary, the daughter of a settler who lives close to his estate. Although the young woman shares his love she disapproves of Alan's hatred of Blacks. Alan will eventually mellow after Dr. Karanja, a native physician, sacrifices his life to prevent the slaughter of a group of white settlers. Written by Guy Bellinger

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White Heat Explodes in Green Hell! See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Simba See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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23 August 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie may be accused of racism.Perhaps so.But you could also blame "stagecoach" and a lot of westerns before "broken arrow" as well :the Indians were the villains,just as the natives are here.Let's be serious!It was half a century ago and at the time the writers had not the hindsight we have today.The precedent user saw the movie through the eyes of the 2004 audience obviously the politically correct one.Judging by the rating,there are users who disagree and I'm one of them.

First of all,"Simba" is not poorly executed,it has a good screenplay,fine actors (Bogarde and Virginia McKenna),beautiful landscapes...That the Africans should be shown as primitive,cruel and mindless does not prevent some of them from becoming educated and wise:"I studied for six years ,the black doctor says,to save lives ,not to destroy them".Two years later in "something of value" ,Richard Brooks showed a native afraid of thunder!"Simba" is the British forerunner of Richard Brook's work.In "Simba" anyway ,the White are not necessarily the heroes.See how Bogarde refuses to shake hands with the doctor.And the last picture of the movie is a black child's face ,a curious choice for a would be racist flick.


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