The Leopard Son

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • G
  • Documentary

Aside from some truly breathtaking photography, there's little to distinguish this mundane documentary from the countless hours of nature programming available on cable television. And since it was produced by the Discovery Channel, it's a sure bet that that's right where this one's going to end up. Based on the Serengeti expeditions of veteran nature photographer...read more

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Aside from some truly breathtaking photography, there's little to distinguish this mundane documentary from the countless hours of nature programming available on cable television. And since it was produced by the Discovery Channel, it's a sure bet that that's right where

this one's going to end up. Based on the Serengeti expeditions of veteran nature photographer Hugo van Lawick -- husband and former collaborator of world-famous chimp-cheerleader Jane Goodall -- the film follows the rather uneventful coming-of-age of a leopard cub. Its voice-over narration --

pretentiously intoned by Sir John Gielgud -- contains some awesomely absurd comments: Such nuggets as "It is far better to lose a carcass than to be one" and "Time is the witness to all change" are more appropriate to an Ed Wood film than an educational documentary.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: G
  • Review: Aside from some truly breathtaking photography, there's little to distinguish this mundane documentary from the countless hours of nature programming available on cable television. And since it was produced by the Discovery Channel, it's a sure bet that th… (more)

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