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L'enfant lion (1993)

Set in the past, follows young African boy who uses his friends, the wild animals, to defend his village from Arab slave traders.


René Guillot (novel), André S. Labarthe (additional source material) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wéré Wéré Liking Wéré Wéré Liking
Souleyman Koli Souleyman Koli ... Le père (as Souleymane Koly)
Salif Keita Salif Keita ... Griot
Mathurin Sinze Mathurin Sinze ... Oule
Sophie-Véronique Toué Tagbé Sophie-Véronique Toué Tagbé ... Lena (as Sophie Toué Tagbé)
Sidy Lamine Sidy Lamine ... Old Slave
Damouré Zika Damouré Zika ... Wise Man
Lam Ibrahim Dia Lam Ibrahim Dia ... Wise Man (as Ibrahim Dia)
Tallou Mouzou Tallou Mouzou ... Wise Man
Jean-René de Fleurieu Jean-René de Fleurieu ... Prince
Michel Boccara Michel Boccara ... Slave Merchant
Guy Cuevas Guy Cuevas ... Eunuch
Thomas Tia Thomas Tia ... Kieffi
Meletge Meletge ... Hunter
Gadie Gadie ... Hunter


Set in the past, follows young African boy who uses his friends, the wild animals, to defend his village from Arab slave traders.

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Release Date:

16 June 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sirga See more »

Filming Locations:

Zimbabwe See more »


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2.35 : 1
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One of the finest films I have ever seen
10 July 2003 | by ppettijohnSee all my reviews

Remarkable for special effects, cinematography, animal handling, and acting, this under-screened and under-appreciated film received a full five-minute standing ovation at The Sarasota French Film Festival, and deserved more. I cannot understand why this film never took off. The production values and art direction alone should have guaranteed its success. I have concluded that the combination of subtitles in a children's film has discouraged viewers. This film is not for kids alone, but for everyone. The Lion King is dull and colorless compared to L'Enfant Lion. Give it a chance; you may need to add it to your list of the greatest films of all time

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