THE POWER OF A WOMAN'S SPIRIT AND THE LOVE FOR HER ADOPTEDHOMELAND ENABLE HER TO OVERCOME PERSONAL TRAGEDY. AS A CHILD, KUKI DISCOVERED THE MAGIC OF AFRICA. AS AN ADULT, SHE MOVES THERE WITH HER FAMILY. ALTHOUGH IT'S THE P... more »LACE SHE WAITED FOR ALL HER LIFE, SHE NEVER DREAMED OF THE PAIN AND HARDSHIP.« less
"After reading all of the preceding negative reviews one who is perusing the ratings might be turned off by negativity here. This is a good movie through and through. What it doesnt contain is a lot of shallow and unbelievable scenes. Basinger and Perez do an excellent job. Most importantly it is entertaining and poignant, definitely bring a box of tissues to view it. Great job - well done, the whole reason to watch a movie is to be entertained, not to try to justify or validate the merits of it based on some less informed know-it-alls. So, ppplllllgggggghhhhhhhh to those who have nothing better to do than pretend they are paid movie critics."
Erin Smith | Dekalb, Illinois | 02/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is a must see. "I Dreamed of Africa" is based on a true story about Kuki Gallman, her new husband Poalo, and her son. The family makes the bold decision to pick up and move to a run down ranch in beautiful Africa in order to change thier lives for the better. Together as a family they fix up the house and live thier lives in Africa. The story mainly centers around Kuki's view of thier time spent in Africa, therefore you see her pain and her perspective of everything she went through to get there and when they get there. The film has a beautiful setting with a breathtaking soundtrack.This film captures the pain and love that Kuki feels over a series of years. The transitions from year to year are very smooth and the lives of the family are easy to follow. As one watches the family go through the beauties of Africa as well as the dangers of Africa one truley begins to understand the importance of their own life . This film made me want to pick up and move to Africa as well. It is truley inspiring as you see how strong Kuki Gallman was and is and how far she will go to help her family as well as people. I highly reccomend this film."
VERY good movie
555 | 07/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie last night, and was absolutley blown away by the deep impact the story had on me. Kim Basigner did a winderful job in her part as Kuki (cookie). The movie has two VERY sad parts, and it seems almost unreal that those type of things could happen to someone. The cinematography is beautiful, as well as just Africa itself (the film was shot on location). I reccomend this to anybody who wants to see a pretty good movie with a pretty good actress!"
Good cinematography is not enough
Linda Linguvic | New York City | 11/04/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Starring Kim Bassinger and Vincent Perez, this film is based on the true story of Kuki Gallmann, a divorced Italian socialite with a young son who marries a man who has a ranch in Kenya. She loves it, in spite of the storms and the heat and the threat from wild animals and poisonous snakes. Eventually tragedy strikes.While the cinematography is outstanding, unfortunately the script is weak and confusing. There's a scene where the husband is injured and then saved, but it took up no more than one minute of the film. It was so confusing that I rewound the VCR and played it again and still didn't know exactly what it was about.When I heard that Ms. Bassinger was paid $5 million for this movie I was shocked. She might be lovely to look at, but this role, which demanded a wide range of emotions, was way over her head. The child who played the young son at 7, Liam Aiken, was wonderful though as well as the young man who played the son at 17, Garret Strommen. Cast as Ms. Bassinger's mother was Eva Marie Saint, who did a good job in the role. Now 76 years old, I can't help but look behind her wrinkled face and see the young woman playing opposite Marlon Brandon in "On the Waterfront" almost 50 years ago.Perhaps the book is better, but the script never developed several themes it introduced. The story line, however, did keep me interested enough to keep me awake. And the ultimate tragedy was so moving that I found myself weeping.I can't recommend this video. Just not enough going for it."
A simple story of a breathtaking life.
Susan Wilds | 10/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Based on a true story I did enjoyed this movie a great deal. This is a simple story a nice one and a sad also. But this story offers hope . It is not perfect not your typical Hollywood story . I think that one quality offered by this movie it's just a simple story whithout any pretention. You could say that is a story about life and it could be set in Africa ,America in fact anywhere in this world. Because this movie is about life you can do without any plot or story line (Where will you be in 5 years? do you know ?I doubt it!maybe you do? ) . In this movie the scenery and music are beautifull so is the story of Kuki (Kim Basinger). Some of the weak point in the movie are whith Paolo for exemple when he get's beat by at least ten person kick in the face the rib's in fact all over is body and a few days laters jump's back on his horse like nothing happened . The movie is about a person looking for happiness but by not being stupid knowing that sadness is also there. So has we all do we take the good and the bad and deal with it. Again Kim Basinger is very good in this and I have nothing to say about the other actor."