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A Far Off Place (1993)

The witty Nonni and the stuck-up city-boy Harry are the only ones to survive a massacre of a gang of poachers among the gamekeeper's family on his lonesome farm in the savanna. Now the ... See full summary »

Director:

Mikael Salomon

Writers:

Laurens van der Post (books), Robert Caswell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Nonnie Parker
Ethan Embry ... Harry Winslow (as Ethan Randall)
Jack Thompson ... John Ricketts
Sarel Bok Sarel Bok ... Xhabbo
Robert John Burke ... Paul Parker (as Robert Burke)
Patricia Kalember ... Elizabeth Parker
Daniel Gerroll ... John Winslow
Maximilian Schell ... Col. Mopani Theron
Miles Anderson ... Jardin
Fidelis Cheza Fidelis Cheza ... Tracker
Taffy Chihota Taffy Chihota ... Warden Robert
Anthony Chinyanga Anthony Chinyanga ... Doctor
Brian Cooper Brian Cooper ... Store Keeper
Magdalene Damas Magdalene Damas ... Nuin-Tara
John Indi John Indi ... Bamuthi
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Storyline

The witty Nonni and the stuck-up city-boy Harry are the only ones to survive a massacre of a gang of poachers among the gamekeeper's family on his 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 two thousand kilometers of 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. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

A far off land. A far off journey. A far off adventure. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A far off place - äventyret i Kalahariöknen See more »

Filming Locations:

Namibia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,890,752
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Reese Witherspoon studied with a Matabele tribe in Africa to perfect the Bushman language her character uses in the film. See more »

Goofs

After the dog was in the fight with the pack of hounds he had multiple wounds. In the next scenes he has none. See more »

Quotes

Harry Winslow: You lied to me.
Nonnie Parker: Look I didn't lie to you, all right?
Harry Winslow: I said 'how far?' you said 'pretty far.'
Nonnie Parker: Well 2,000 kilometers *is* pretty far.
Harry Winslow: No, that's like *impossibly* far! That's like walking from New York to Miami!
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Alternate Versions

Edited for the Disney Channel showing. The hunting scenes were removed and toned down, as was the scene with the man falling out of the helicopter. Also the scenes with any vulgar language was dubbed over. Such as Koba saying "bologna" instead of "bullsh*t". See more »

Connections

References Doctor Dolittle (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

C.O.D.
Written and Performed by Donald Stuart Seigal (as Donald Seigal) and George Gatt
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A wonderful movie for adults and children
2 September 2001 | by tricSee all my reviews

If only more movies were made to this standard. I saw this movie in the theatre when it first came out, and it was one of the first videotapes I bought. The photography is beautiful. The actors, especially Sarel Bok, are great. I liked that Nonnie became the main character in the movie. The combination of the books A Story Like the Wind and A Far Off Place is seamless in this movie treatment. And the translation from book to screen is near perfect. The spirit of the stories is maintained. The children I have watched this movie with have thoroughly enjoyed it, and we have had very interesting discussions on the themes of protecting wildlife, the environment and the qualities necessary to persevere when faced with life's difficulties and choices.


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