The Great Elephant Escape

The Great Elephant Escape
Type TV Movie
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 33mins.
Genres Adventure
Keywords animal, children's
Status Completed
US Release Date
  
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Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Stephanie Zimbalist Actor Beverly Cunningham 1 1000001
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Actor Matt Cunningham 1 1000002
Leo Burmester Actor Harlo Ethridge 1 1000003
Frederick M'Cormac Actor Jomo Batiany 1 1000004
Julian Sands Actor Clive Potter 1 1000005
David Mulwa Actor Lenana Batiany 1 1000006
Rolf Schmit Actor Vilias 1 1000007
Lenny Juma Actor Juba 1 1000008
Edwin Nyutho Actor Constable Ioki 1 1000009
George Miller Director n/a 2 2000001
Connie Collins Director 2nd unit director 2 2000002
Richard Welsh Executive Producer n/a 174 3000001
Njeri Karago Producer n/a 3 3000002
John Sweet Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Christopher Canaan Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
James Westman Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
Carol Kim Production Supervisor n/a 307 5000002
Howard Ellis Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Kevin Howe Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
John Chavanga Assistant Director n/a 163 5000005
Noah Kimani Njuguna Location Manager n/a 193 5000006
Jenny Quigley Script Supervisor n/a 191 5000007
Jenny Pont Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000008
Ronald Lautore Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Alan Gitlin Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000002
Philip D Schwartz Camera Operator n/a 239 6000003
Jeff Clark Camera Assistant camera 1st assistant 120867 6000004
Timothy Dunfold Camera Assistant camera 1st assistant 120867 6000005
John Mutaa Mungaj Camera Assistant camera 1st assistant 120867 6000006
Simon Hume Camera Assistant camera 1st assistant 120867 6000007
Ron Wisman Editor n/a 172 7000001
Paul Whitehead Assistant Editor n/a 203 7000002
Bruce Rowland Music n/a 120781 8000001
Leslie Binns Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Collins Athanasius Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Peter Kendall Art Director art direction 183 9000003
Lynn Kressel Casting n/a 179 10000001
Lenny Juma Casting Kenya casting 179 10000002
Fred Long Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Leroy Wilson Costume Supervisor n/a 120895 13000002
Myke Michaels Hair n/a 120794 13000003
Myke Michaels Makeup n/a 353 13000004
Michael A Patillo Boom Operator n/a 215 14000001
David Appleby Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000002
Dino Pigat Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000003
Tim O'Connell Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000004
Walter Anderson Sound Mixer n/a 230 14000005
Jim Hopkins Sound Supervisor n/a 120883 14000006
Richard Feezey Key Grip n/a 263 15000001
Jim Kelley Grip n/a 365 15000002
Justus Tela Grip n/a 365 15000003
Mohammed Juma Grip n/a 365 15000004
Zuberi Mohamed Grip n/a 365 15000005
Ken Wheeland Gaffer n/a 268 15000006
Eric S Foster Best Boy bestboy 120885 15000007
Jimmy Mukora Construction Manager n/a 120983 21000001
Shanni Chagger Special Effects n/a 168 23000001
Jean-Francois Chavrer Property Master n/a 120805 24000001
Cathy Rehl Publicity publicist(ABC/New York) 120789 29000001
Synopsis
Two boys -- an American and a Kenyan -- share an adventure, as they try to save an orphaned baby elephant from an unscrupulous businessman.<P>Matt Cunningham is a 13-year-old whiz kid from Los Angeles who's completely absorbed by his laptop computer. Therefore, he is dismayed to find himself on an East African safari organized by his divorced mother Beverly. But once exposed to the spectacular landscape and wildlife of Kenya, Matt's view of the world expands and his computer lies forgotten. While Beverly meets handsome safari guide, Clive Potter, Matt befriends one of the rangers' sons, a young Kenyan boy his own age, named Jomo. Together Jomo and Matt develop a relationship with a baby orphaned elephant whom they name "Ellie." The young elephant is being held by the rangers pending her sale to Harlo Ethridge, an unscrupulous American businessman, who plans to make her the centerpiece of his tourist exhibit back in the USA.<P>When Harlo arrives to collect his elephant, Matt and Jomo release Ellie and escape with her into the bush, hoping to find a wild herd that might "adopt" baby Ellie. The young boys and elephant are pursued by Beverly and Clive, by the rangers, and by Ethridge, who's teamed up with a pair of unsavory poachers to recover his "stolen goods." The boys' adventures carry them through dangerous territory, into encounters with wild hyena and lions. As they approach the chosen elephant herd with Ellie, they come upon Ethridge's overturned jeep and find him lying helpless and wounded. Realizing that a man's life is more important than Ellie's freedom, they decide to build a skid and drag Ethridge back to civilization. Beverly and Clive are overjoyed to find the boys unharmed. And Ethridge, in thanks for saving his life, allows the boys to complete their mission and return Ellie to the world she knows.