Born Free

Born Free
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Hill
Produced bySam Jaffe
Paul Radin
Screenplay byLester Cole
Based onBorn Free by Joy Adamson
StarringVirginia McKenna
Bill Travers
Music byJohn Barry
CinematographyKenneth Talbot
Edited byDon Deacon
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 14 March 1966 (1966-03-14)
(UK) (Royal Film Performance)
  • 22 June 1966 (1966-06-22)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$2 million[1]
Box office$3.6 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[2]

Born Free is a 1966 British drama film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to adulthood, and released her into the wilderness of Kenya. The film was produced by Open Road Films Ltd. and Columbia Pictures. The screenplay, written by blacklisted Hollywood writer Lester Cole (under the pseudonym "Gerald L.C. Copley"), was based upon Joy Adamson's 1960 non-fiction book Born Free. The film was directed by James Hill and produced by Sam Jaffe and Paul Radin. Born Free, and its musical score by John Barry, won numerous awards.

  1. ^ Champlin, C. (10 October 1966). Foreman hopes to reverse runaway. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  2. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8

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