Out of Africa Page #2

Synopsis: Follows the life of Karen Blixen, who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband.
Director(s): Sydney Pollack
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 7 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
161 min

Should I be?

You know.

Wedding night

and all that.

So they're both naked

and not a shrub in sight.

Karen, have you met

Vicky Gresham?

Hello, Baroness.

I'd curtsy, but I'm drunk.

May I see you, please?

Excuse me.

If you want any friends,

I'd make them here.

There's no one else.

I want to see my house.

You may want to change.

It's a two hour ride.

Excuse me.

My God,

these people drink.

I'm sorry. I was just

I'm afraid

No, it's all right.

I'm afraid you've

caught me snooping.

It's not my room. It's Denys's.

And Denys won't mind.

That's the thing about Denys.

Are you Cole?

Berkeley Cole.

I brought the ivory with me

on the train.

Well, thank you.

You taking your quinine?

Oh, yes.

He has got lovely books.

Does he lend them?

We had a friend...

Hopworth, he'd got a book

from Denys and didn't return it.

Denys was furious.

I said to Denys...

"You wouldn't lose a friend

for the sake of a book."

He said, "No, but he has,

hasn't he?"

Did you come out through London?

No, from Rome, actually.

I thought you might

have a newspaper.

No. Sorry.

Oh, nothing in them anyway.

I had a friend who I used to take

to the dances at Oxford.

They were in June

by the river.

She always wore

a new silk dress.

I think you're

wearing her perfume.

It's very nice,

but it's not the same.

We can go now.

This is Belknap.

He runs the farm.

Good evening, ma'am.

This is your cook.

Name's Esa.

And this is Juma. Houseboy.

Come. See your house.

When you leave me,

I'm going to marry Berkeley Cole.

A man in trade.

Is that what he does?

He's thick with the Somalis.

There's a crowd of them on his land

who think he's a prince.

He sells

Finch Hatton's ivory.

Belknap is a cheery sort.

Had a place of his own.

Went belly up trying to grow flax.

Does he know cattle?

I didn't buy cattle.

We're going to grow

coffee instead.

That's not what we planned.

You were in Denmark.

I had to decide.

We made a decision.

We don't know anything

about coffee.

You plant it, it grows.

We said a dairy. My mother

Your mother doesn't care if it's cows

or coffee as long as it pays.

You have to be with a herd

or things go wrong.

I didn't come to Africa

to sit with silly cows.

just tell her we changed our minds.

Next time you change your mind...

you do it with your money.

They bought you a title, Baronessa.

They didn't buy me.

Fetch some wine

for my lover's brother.

I think you're tired.

Be careful.

Did I tell you

Hans came to say goodbye?

Where is Baron Blixen?

He's gone to hunt.

Did he say when he'd return?

He says he can come

before the rain.

Is it going to rain today?

It can be many days

before the rain, msabu.

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Kurt Luedtke

Kurt Luedtke (born September 28, 1939) is an American screenwriter. He is best known for writing Out of Africa (1985), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Absence of Malice (1981) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay) and Random Hearts (1999). All three films were directed by Sydney Pollack. Before becoming a screenwriter, Luedtke was a newspaper reporter, eventually rising to the rank of executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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