At a national park in Kenya, an English game warden George Adamson and his wife, Joy (Virginia McKenna), care for three orphaned lion cubs, and ffter the two larger lions are shipped off to a zoo in the Netherlands, the smallest of the three, Elsa, stays with the couple.
Slow-paced, but engaging nature movie with some wonderful animal and landscape photography that manages to tone down the sentimentality of a quite heart-wrenching story.
Halliwell**: "Irresistible animal shots salvage this rather flabbily put together version of a bestselling book. An enormous commercial success..."
Maltin***1/2: "Exceptional adaptation...Sincere, engrossing film, a must for family viewing."