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Monday, May 12th, 2008

Five Weeks in a Balloon

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055988/

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Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth. But the British Prime Minister convinces him to go to the West in order to claim territories near the Volta river before slave traders claim it themselves. He has about five weeks to complete the journey and plant the Union Jack. Fergusson is accompanied by his aid, Jacques, as well as by Sir Henry Vining, special envoy of the Queen, and Donald O'Shay, an american journalist who will be a neutral witness to the planting of the flag. Makia, a slave freed by O'Shay just before leaving also travels with them, at first secretely. During their journey, they take more passengers: a chimpanzee found in the forest, and later Susan Gale, an american taken as a slave, and Ahmed, the slaver who caught her. The party met them while being the hosts of a sultan, by whom they had to stop and repair they balloon. During a stop in an oasis, Susan, Makia, Fergusson and Sir Henry are taken as slaves by bandits and taken to Timbuktu. Makia is sent to the slave market, and the others are to be killed at sundown, because no infidel is allowd to enter the sacred city. But Ahmed, Jacques and O'Shay rescue them all in the nick of time. They finally arrive at the Volta river and, after loosing the baloon, manage to plant the flag before the slavers.

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