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1 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
Sixteen years after adopting Flora, a 10,000-pound elephant that is the main attraction of a St. Louis circus, trainer David Balding resolves to return his beloved beast to a more natural home. This documentary follows Balding as he investigates suitable new habitats, journeying from Botswana to Miami and Tennessee. Though he eventually finds a sanctuary for the elephant, all is not well, as the new owners exercise their rights to keep Balding away from Flora.


Director: Lisa Leeman

Genres: Documentary

One Lucky Elephant (2009)

Release Date: June 8th, 2011|1 hr. 24 min.

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  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    The film is an impressive and affecting entry in the growing body of work addressing the effects of keeping wild animals in captivity. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Succeeds as a character study, while gently raising questions about human use and misuse of animals. show more

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    How much human love is too much for an elephant? That's the question Lisa Leeman's One Lucky Elephant attempts to answer, without sentimentality but with the right amount of compassion. show more

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