Out of Africa

“I had a farm in Africa…”

For every Pretty in Pink and Top Gun in the 80s, there was an Amadeus and a Terms of Endearment, ’cause grown-ups watch movies, too, you know.

…which is how we now find ourselves in the culturally-significant part of our program, singing the praises of 1985’s Best Picture Oscar winner, Out of Africa.

If you’re yawning just thinking about it, it’s time to wake up and remember (or experience for the first time) one of the 80s’ most stunningly beautiful films.

Starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, Out of Africa tells the story of Karen Blixen, a Danish woman (as evidenced by Streep’s spot-on accent) who, after marrying a Baron, moves to Kenya to oversee a coffee plantation. While there, she comes to see that her husband is actually quite the philanderer, and then she meets the oh-so-handsome Denys (Redford), a big game hunter who sure does enjoy his time on the Serengeti.

Streep and Redford, of course, ‘shack up’ (Out of Africa‘s nothing if not sweeping and romantic), but there’s so much more to this story… and, yes, we can hear you rolling your eyes from here.

If nothing else, just enjoy one of the most famous shampoo scenes in movie-dom.

There’s also rampaging lions, a nasty case of syphilis, a big ol’ fire, and Maasai warriors… but the best part? The amazing plane ride that Karen and Denys take above the African plains, set to John Williams’ Oscar-winning score.

We get weepy just thinking about it.

In all, Out of Africa finished Awards Season with almost 30 trophies, including seven Oscars, three Golden Globes, and a place as one of the greatest films of the 80s.

And lest you think we’ve gone soft, we’ll quickly remind you that we’re also big fans of Valley Girl… so don’t judge us too hard.

We ♥ Out of Africa.


~ by weheart80s on March 5, 2012.

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