I Dreamed of Africa

Synopsis: Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with him and her young son to start a cattle ranch. Challenges beset her, not the least of which is Paulo's love of danger and his leaving for days on end to hunt and fish with pals. She must face fierce storms, roving lions, venomous snakes, and murderous poachers, and she must find accommodation with a neighboring tribe. Her mother entreats her to return home. Can Kuki live her dream, tame Paolo, guide her son safely past the perils and errors of youth, and serve Africa?
Director(s): Hugh Hudson
Production: Columbia Pictures
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min



And now? Where shall we go?

Great job. Oh, no, I know where we'll go.

Let's go to Harry's Bar.

Yeah, come on, come on!

I'll buy you all a drink at Harry's Bar.

But there's no room for Kuki.

Kuki, come on.

Come in our car. Hurry now.

Take Gabriella.

She won't fit in the Alfa anymore.

Come here. Come in.

Come on.

Let's go!

What are you going to call it,

this bump here?

If it's a girl, Valentina.

It won't be long now, Gabriella.

I know. Eleven weeks, three days.

Not that she's counting.

Do you have children?

Emanuele. He's seven.

Oh, Emanuele! What a lovely name.

- Hey, look at the truck!

- What's he doing?

He's coming straight at us!

He's going to hit us!

My baby.

- Help me.

- Please, God.

Help us.



Oh, God! Marina!

Kuki! I don't see Kuki.

- I'll stop the bleeding.

- Just help!

No. No!

Hi, Pep.

What happened to it?

Does it look frightful?

It looks like this, only bigger.

Remember when Christian broke his leg?

That's what happened to your mother.

When will you be home?

It won't be long.

Not for a few weeks, though.

You can come see me every day.

Even school days?


We can do your homework together.

Are you in pain?

Not too bad.

I'm so sorry.

It was...

This shouldn't have happened to you.

- I don't know how to help or...

- It's nobody's fault.

It's nobody's fault.


She's in pain. Please do something.

You should go home.

Is there someone there with you?

Yes. Thank you.

For a while, I couldn't remember

who else was in the car.

Go home.


Gravity holds objects on the ground.

"It is called gravity.

Gravity is very important."

- You need to get drunk.

- That's not what I heard.

Look, that's the blanket

your mother gave her.

Sweet, huh?

- She is so beautiful.

- I know, I know.

Well, she's not so beautiful

at 3:
00 in the morning.

Emanuele must miss you.

He's been here almost every day.

That's his snake.

It's a full moon tonight. Can you see it?


May I?

Of course.

May I turn off the light?

Have they found the driver?

The police...

...have given up.

Can you see it now?

Not quite.


It's beautiful.

It's 4:
00 in the morning.

I can hear the traffic in the street below.

The doctors say that next week

I'll be leaving.

But for now I do nothing

but lie here and think.

I am divorced, raising a child on my own.

I feel a terrible sense of failure.

Everyone tells me I'm lucky to be alive.

I know this is a chance to find meaning

in my life, to give it value.

But I'm afraid that I'm only a dreamer

who hasn't the courage to change.

But there's always Ema.

At least I got that right.

I was nearby. A bridge repair in Treviso.

Come in.

If it's no trouble.

No, no, of course not.

It must be great to be home at last.

He remarried. I think they're in the States.

And he keeps in touch with Emanuele?

Not even when we were married.

So you came back to live here?

It seemed easiest.

I run things here for my mother.

She's too busy between the museum

and the university.

And I like to be home for Ema.

You know, when he gets out of school.

That's Lake Rudolf. And is that you?

That's me.

My father spent a lot of time in Africa

when he was younger.

He wanted me to see

all the places he loved.

I was managing a ranch there

with my brother.


Near Kilimanjaro.

He had an accident out there.

What happened?

I'll tell you one day.

Anyway, the idea was to learn the ropes,

buy a place.

I felt I belonged there. I was at peace.

After the accident,

I told myself all the usual things.

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Paula Milne

Paula Milne is a British screenwriter. Her works include The Politician's Wife, The Virgin Queen, Chandler & Co, Die Kinder, Second Sight, Driving Ambition, Small Island and Endgame. Her first single drama was A Sudden Wrench, after working on titles such as Coronation Street and Juliet Bravo. She also devised the BBC medical drama Angels. more…

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