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I Dreamed of Africa | 2000 | PG-13 | - 4.6.2

The true story of Kuki Gallmann (Kim Basinger), an Italian woman who moved to an African ranch with her new husband and young son in search of a new, more meaningful life. Also with Vincent Pérez, Eva Marie Saint, Liam Aiken, Allison Daugherty Smith and Federico Scribani. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Some kissing, including a couple of passionate kisses. We see a nude man's back and the upper part of his bare buttocks as he walks into a room; he then takes off his wife's shirt (we see her bare back and the bottom side of her bare breast) and they kiss passionately and lean back onto the bed. We see some classical nude paintings of females hanging in a museum. We see lots of children wearing loincloths and many shirtless men.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A person cries in pain when bitten by a poisonous snake and falls to the ground, then is seen drifting into unconscious and foaming at the mouth; the person eventually dies while two others are performing CPR. We also learn that another person dies in an accident; we see the body lying in a coffin with the head covered by a handkerchief. A car drives off a cliff to avoid a swerving truck; we see the car's windows cracking, the backs of people flying out of the car in slow motion, and then see people lying around the wrecked car (two women have bloody cuts on their faces and one has a very bloody wound on her shin and is shaking badly). Later, we see a close-up of the woman's bloody shin wound and see her recovering in the hospital (her face is bruised and the cuts are still visible in a few scenes). A man who was also in the car accident is seen with a bruised face and some stitches and very red abrasions on the side of his head. A man with a bloody leg and hands is carried into a house and onto a table (we hear that he was gored by a buffalo), then a man stitches the wound (we don't see the actual stitching). A man is pulled out of his car and threatened with guns, kicked repeatedly and forced to strip to his boxers by four other men; afterward, we see him with many abrasions and cuts on his face. A man grabs another's shirt and yells at him; also, a woman grabs a boy's face and yells at him. Men with guns make poachers with their hands tied behind their backs get into a truck (presumably to drive them off the land, not to harm them). A woman throws something at man. In two suspenseful scenes, a boy picks up a snake (we later learn neither are poisonous). A dog trying to chase a lion away from a house gets a bloody wound on its side; it's implied that the dog is shot after people unsuccessfully try to nurse it back to health (a man carries it away, then we hear a gunshot). In a few scenes we see an elephant or a rhinoceros with its tusks or horn removed (we see the bloody holes) and some bloody gashes on its torso (one elephant's ribs are visible); also, we see what are possibly several antelope corpses lying in a field and a couple of animals tied to the hood of cars after a hunting expedition (a little blood is visible on one's fur). A windstorm causes furniture and other objects in a house to fall and break.


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LANGUAGE 2 - Some mild obscenities and a few insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Africa, adventure-seekers, death of loved ones, poachers, discovering one's strengths.

MESSAGE - Leading an adventurous lifestyle can both rewarding and tragic; essentially, you have to take the good with the bad.

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