Out of Africa

Continuity mistake: When Denys and Karen go to bed together, she takes his tie off. The scene is cut and then his tie is on again.

Continuity mistake: When Denys Finch-Hatton takes Karen Blixen on a flight in his open bi-plane, he hands her a pair of goggles just before they board the plane. As they sit in the plane she is goggle-less and he hands her another pair.

Continuity mistake: When Karen and her people are on the way to her husband's camp they get attacked by lions. When she helps chasing them away she gets some deep, bloody scratches in her face, of which there isn't even a trace on the next day. (00:52:40)


Continuity mistake: When Denys and Karen are first on safari, while they are seated at their dining table one evening, Denys peels an orange repeatedly. In the middle of the "peel" scene (the shots cut back and forth between Denys and Karen) the fruit changes to a green apple (taken from the bowl on the table in front of Denys. This is especially obvious because the apples in the bowl decrease from two to one as the orange disappears from the shot). In subsequent shots (when he is holding the orange again) the number of apples in the bowl returns to two.

Continuity mistake: When Denys is bathing Karen's hair, his hand is full of foam, but in the next shot there is no foam in his hand.


Continuity mistake: When Streep is trying to chase the lion away from the ox, her ponytail changes between shots from being in front of her shoulder, to hanging down her back, several times.


Continuity mistake: Bror is sitting by the fireplace talking to Karen - his legs are crossed right over left. Camera angle changes and his legs are crossed left over right. (01:02:00 - 01:02:15)

RJ Pisko

Continuity mistake: At dinner during the first visit by Denys and Berkely, Denys skewers a sliced strawberry with a toothpick and he holds it while he is conversing with Karen. As the camera moves around the table to the different actors, the strawberry changes to a grape.

Brenda Elzin

Continuity mistake: When Karen is caught snooping in Denys' room at Mutaga and Berkely places the elephant tusk outside the doorway, a significant portion of the top of the tusk is visible from inside the room. It's missing in several subsequent shots during their conversation but can be seen again when Farah comes to collect Karen.

Continuity mistake: When Bror picks Blixen up at the train station following her treatment for syphilis, he is holding a hat in front of him with one glove on and one glove off. A brief shot of Streep and then back to Bror as he walks toward her shows he now has both gloves off holding his hat. (01:05:00)


Continuity mistake: When Denys and Karen go to bed together, she takes his tie off. The scene is cut and then his tie is on again.

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Karen Blixen: If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?

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Trivia: The title of the movie (and book) is derived from the writings of Roman historian Pliny the Elder: "Out of Africa always something new" (original Latin - Ex Africa semper aliquid novi).

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