GenreAdventure, Drama Story byJoseph Kessel Duration LanguageEnglish
Release date26 July 1962 (World Premiere, London) Based onLe lion
by Joseph Kessel WriterIrene Kamp (screenplay), Louis Kamp (screenplay), Joseph Kessel (novel) CastWilliam Holden (Robert Hayward), Trevor Howard (John Bullit), Capucine (Christine), Pamela Franklin (Tina) Similar moviesThe Ghost and the Darkness, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar, Roar, The Lion King, The Wild
The Lion is a DeLuxe Color 1962 drama film in CinemaScope directed by Jack Cardiff, starring William Holden and Trevor Howard. Filmed on location in Kenya and Uganda and on a co-owned property of Holden in Kenya, the Mount Kenya Safari Club.
The film had its World Premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre in London's West End on 26 July 1962.
Successful American lawyer Robert Hayward (William Holden) is in Kenya because his ex-wife Christine (Capucine) is having some problems with their eleven-year-old daughter Tina (Pamela Franklin), who has a great affinity with Africa, its customs and its wildlife. Tina spends much of her time in the company of the lion she raised from a cub. Christine has remarried and her new husband John Bullit (Trevor Howard), a former big-game hunter, now manages a large Kenyan animal preserve. Hayward and Bullit compete for the romantic affection of Christine and for the daughterly affection of Tina. The son of a local tribal chief sees Tina as a potential future wife, and his efforts to impress her prove to be disastrous.