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Living Free
Living Free (1972) Film Poster.jpg
Film Poster
Directed byJack Couffer
Produced byPaul B. Radin
Written byJoy Adamson (Book)
Millard Kaufman (Screenplay by)
Music bySol Kaplan
CinematographyWolfgang Suschitzky
Edited byDon Deacon
Distributed byColumbia-Warner Distributors
Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 15, 1972 (1972-04-15)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Living Free is a 1972 British drama film, written by Millard Kaufman and directed by Jack Couffer. It is starred by Nigel Davenport, Susan Hampshire and Geoffrey Keen.[1] This film is a sequel to Born Free, which was based on the book of the same name by Joy Adamson. The film Living Free is also based on a book by Joy Adamson; however, it is not based on the book of the same name but is instead based on the third book in the series, Forever Free. Singer Julie Budd sang the title song, composed by Sol Kaplan and Freddy Douglass.[2]


After Elsa the lioness dies, her three lion cubs (Jespah, Gopa and Little Elsa) are forced to move to a game preserve and must learn to hunt on their own with the help of George Adamson and his wife, Joy.


  • Nigel Davenport as George Adamson
  • Susan Hampshire as Joy Adamson
  • Geoffrey Keen as Kendall
  • Peter Lukoye as Nuru
  • Shane De Louvre as Makedde
  • Robert Beaumont as Billy Collins
  • Nobby Noble as Bank Manager
  • Allaudin Qureshi as Bank Clerk
  • Charles Hayes as Herbert Baker
  • Jean Hayes as Mrs. Herbert Baker
  • Edward Judd as Weaver


The film was nominated for one Golden Globe Awards for Best English-Language Foreign Film.[3]

Andy Webb from "The Movie Scene" gave the film two out of five stars and stated: "What this all boils down to is that "Living Free" whilst still an entertaining movie is not a patch on "Born Free". From the change in actors, through to the overlong recap and natural history lesson it just doesn't feel right. And whilst the storyline itself relays some of the emotion of Joy and George's battle to protect Elsa's legacy the connection to the emotion never really comes across from the acting or the way the movie is directed.[4] Howard Thompson from The New York Times wrote: "'Born Free' history is repeating itself and the freshness and novelty wear thin. Still, these are enterprising, well-meaning adults, the animals—all of them — and the exotic scenery are diverting and the picture is clean as a lion's tooth, not that we've ever crawled up close for a look. "Living Free" is close enough to sensible entertainment for the children — and bright ones, too."[5]


  1. ^ "Living Free (1972)". BFI. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ Passafiume, Andrea (2015). "Living Free (1972)". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. ^ "Awards for 1973". IMDB. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  4. ^ Webb, Andy. "Living Free (1972)". The Movie Scene.
  5. ^ Thompson, Howard. "Film: Elsa's Cubs Pad In:' Living Free' Tracks Trio Raised by Humans". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2017.

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