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Visit to a Chief's Son (1974)

An American anthropologist and his son benefit from their experiences with an East African tribe.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Robert Halmi Sr. (story) (as Robert Halmi), Albert Ruben (screenplay) (as Al Ruben)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Mulligan ... Robert
Johnny Sekka ... Nemolok
John Philip Hogdon John Philip Hogdon ... Kevin
Jesse Kinaru Jesse Kinaru ... Codonyo
Jock Anderson Jock Anderson ... Jock
Chief Lomoiro Chief Lomoiro ... Chief
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An American anthropologist and his son benefit from their experiences with an East African tribe.

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Besuch bei einem H√§uptlingssohn See more »

Filming Locations:

Petersburg, Virginia, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Visit To A Chief's Son (Main Titles)
Written and Performed by Francis Lai And His Orchestra, Arranged by Christian Gaubert
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70s oddity
25 July 2002 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Visit to A Chief's Son is a strange mixture of anthropology, travelogue, and social commentary. Beautifully filmed by Ernest Day, who went on to work on several James Bond films, it's the story of scientist Richard Mulligan and his attempts to get close to the Masai people of Kenya. His son, played by John Philip Hogdon in a commendably understated performance, gums up the works, and an educated-in-London Masai (Johnny Sekka) further complicates matters by messing with Mulligan's preconceived notions about 'the natives'. It's not very exciting, but it is an interesting and serious look at the pressures put on tribal peoples by modernism and progress. It would be nice to see the film in its proper aspect ratio as the TV print really doesn't do Day's work justice.


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