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Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone (1997)

One mans quest for a lost missionary in the African jungle becomes a journey of his own self discovery

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Simon Langton

Writer:

John Pielmeier
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aidan Quinn ... Henry Morton Stanley
Nigel Hawthorne ... David Livingstone
Kabir Bedi ... Khamis Bin Abdullah
Edward Fox ... Markham
Dylan Baker ... Gordon Bennett
Christopher Fulford ... John Shaw
Fay Masterson ... Alice Pike
Robert Willox Robert Willox ... William Farquhar
Simon Williams ... John Kirk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Birchard Paul Birchard ... Yankee Sergeant
Edoardo Collevecchio Edoardo Collevecchio ... Spanish Boy
Simon Coury Simon Coury ... RGS Heckler 2
Luke Garrett ... Henry Parker
Dafydd Hywel ... James Francis
Edward Jewesbury ... London Butler
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One mans quest for a lost missionary in the African jungle becomes a journey of his own self discovery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Territorio prohibido See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Really enjoyed it, nice surprise
21 May 2008 | by CommDocDenverSee all my reviews

We tuned in to Forbidden Territory on a night when we were surfing through free movies on OnDemand. We know little or nothing about the Livingstone-Stanley saga, so decided to give it a try. I don't recall ever seeing a movie production by National Geographic, so this was going to be new to us as well. We were very pleasantly surprised. The production values were topnotch, acting was fine, sets and cinematography very good. We enjoyed the story and ended by feeling that we learned something new. I nearly always check out "historical" stories and found several items confirmed by Wikipedia. There is even a portrait on Stanley's page done by his former fiancée, Alice Barney.

What pleased us most of all was the treatment of Livingstone's missionary work. We normally cringe when Hollywood gets hold of material with any sort of Christian theme, knowing that inevitably the Christian is portrayed as (in the words of Steve Taylor) "a loony or committing a crime." Not so here. There were no diatribes on the wrongfulness of wanting to bring Christianity and civilization to Africa. No not-so-subtle hints about how white men were going to destroy the indigenous culture and the environment. Thank you, National Geographic, for this little gem.


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