I watch it with my mother. Not bad. If there's one next, I'll be looking forward to it. I really like the props in this movie. It's quite realistic. A story with happy ending. The performance of all the actors is very realistic. The plot is tense.
I cannot remember how many many years ago I first read the book. In those days I was regularly visiting West African countries and it was very true based on Boyd's personal experience. For people who do not understand W. African culture and way of life this DVD really brings it out and will start to help anyone who is thinking of going to this fascinating part of the world.
Sadly the film lacks most of the charm of the book. This is all the more surprising as the screenplay was also written by William Boyd. Early-on it feels like the film may have potential from some amusing moments and a strong cast, but ultimately the film just doesn't deliver. In fact it periodically descends to the level of farce most associated with carry-on films. Sean Connery turns-in the best performance, but his talent is just not supported by the rest of the cast or the script. John Lithgow is quite amateurish in comparison and Colin Friels seems to struggle between comedy and drama and consequently is not convincing with either. The rest of the cast - Diana Rigg, Joanna Whaley-Kilmer, Louis Gossett Jr. et al - just supply secondary characters which are never developed. Altogether I found this to be a genuinely disappointing film, but I can certainly recommend the book!