Good movie well watching
Rob Reeves | Hastings, Hawke's Bay New Zealand | 08/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was checking out the new releases down at local Video shop when I saw a copy of "To Walk with Lions" 'Yes,This is the movie for me!' I was born in Kenya but left like many others in 1963, so movies centred around Kenya still draw my heart strings. I guess I thought I knew about George Adamson and the Lions he loved. I have got original copies of Born Free and Living Free. I truly only found out about his death last year in a travel magazine advertising a Kenyan Hotel out there somewhere, so I had some idea about what this movie would be about but no preconceived ideas. I just hoped this movie about Kenya was actually filmed in Kenya as many movies aren't. So I sat down on a Friday night with my 12 year old son David to watch it. This movie was great. I enjoyed it a lot. Not a box office smash but a well acted and well portrayed real life story with passion and sensitivity. It's a true story about people who committed their lives to what they believed in. Richard Harris was a very convincing George Adamson 'Baba wa simba' and the story from where I sat was an extremely convincing portrayal of his dedication and passion for firstly, the lost Lions of northan Kenya and secondly, wildlife conservation in East Africa in general. You felt like you got to know the man. He had grit and was prepared to die to protect animals. A long term commitment, way past the fame of Born Free days. Joy did make an appearance in the movie just to keep it true to character. A surprise for me was to learn about Tony Fitzjohn played very well by John Michie. Through this movie his character was moulded from disinterested drifter to caring conservationist aided by the other stars of the movie and the Lions. He managed to eventually see the true worth of protecting a priceless resource, Africa's wildlife and take up where George left off. The lions I must say were awesome as they can only ever be themselves. The film maker Carl Schultz also captures the shifting loyalty of nomadic Africans pastoralists and how senseless the slaughter of wild animals by poachers is when seen a face value. This movie for me was also a fine example of moviemakers and actors getting in behind real conservation efforts. Bringing the world attention to people dedicated to making a difference where it counts who would otherwise go unnoticed. Along the lines of 'I dreamed of Africa' with Kim Bassinger portrayal of Kuki Gallmans story of lifelong dedication and sacrifice to wildlife conservation in Kenya. The last bonus for me was a very clear statement that yes it was filmed in Kenya at Kora, which you can't beat for authenticity. Afterwards I found my copy of Born Free from the book shelf and spent time with my son David looking at pictures of a younger George Adamson and of course Elsa. We wondered what our cat would be like if he was bigger?"
Lions touch all mankind
GeekGuy & NatureNut | Dublin, OH United States | 03/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was true and very entertaining, with romance, action, heart and soul. It had a message for everyone, no matter what country you live in. We found hope from the things they are doing today in Tanzania... No movie has touched my husband and I as much as this one. If you can only see one movie this year, make it To Walk with Lions."
An inspiring movie
Behramjee Ghadially | Toronto, Canada | 11/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you who loved and are fans of the movie BORN FREE, this is literally part 3 of that movie after LIVING FREE. I found this movie to be much better and more moving than Living Free.
To Walk with Lions, showcases the true story of George Adamson and his new successor in Africa-Gareth Patterson (who is named Tony Fitzjohn in the movie) on how they fate brought them together and where it took both of them. The various struggles that George and Tony have to put up with the poachers-bandits-Kenyan Govt-village men are shown here.
How Joy and George are murdered too are shown as well as how the real life Gareth Patterson became acquainted with Lions even though he was almost killed by one.
This movie is a must see for all animal lovers particularly those of lions and especially those fans of BORN FREE.
Other recommended animal related movies are Born Free, ROAR, Two brothers, The Ghost & The Darkness, Running Wild, Maneaters of India (Natl Geog docum), Living with Tigers (Discovery Channel documentary)."
BASED on a true Story, Excellent Portrayal
ExBwana | Kenya | 04/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before I put my Two Cents in (which is all these reviews are worth), it must be clear this is BASED on a True Story, not Word For Word or Incident By Incident. Richard Harris does an Excellent Portrayal of George Adamason and the work he did. This is not a Kiddie's Movie such as "Born Free", as it involves The Adamson's confrontations with The Low-Life Poacher/Criminals who still infest these areas, nor is it "The Lion King", although this title fits Mr. Adamson. I also recommend "Christian The Lion", which is another Great Story."