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The Roots of Heaven (1958)

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In Fort Lamy, French Equitorial Africa, idealist Morel launches a one-man campaign to preserve the African elephant from extinction, which he sees as the last remaining "roots of Heaven." ... See full summary »

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Forsythe
Juliette Gréco ...
Minna (as Juliette Greco)
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Morel
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Abe Fields
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Cy Sedgewick
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Saint Denis
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Orsini
Grégoire Aslan ...
Habib
André Luguet ...
Governor
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Peer Qvist (as Friedrich Ledebur)
Edric Connor ...
Waitari
Olivier Hussenot ...
Baron
Pierre Dudan ...
Major Schölscher
Marc Doelnitz ...
De Vries
Francis De Wolff ...
Father Farque (as Francis de Wolff)
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In Fort Lamy, French Equitorial Africa, idealist Morel launches a one-man campaign to preserve the African elephant from extinction, which he sees as the last remaining "roots of Heaven." At first, he finds only support from Minna, hostess of the town's only night club, who is in love with him, and a derelict ex-British Army Major, Forsythe. His crusade gains momentum and he is soon surrounded by an odd assortment of characters: Cy Sedgewick, an American TV commentator who becomes impressed and rallies world-wide support; a U.S. photographer, Abe Fields, who is sent to do a picture story on Morel and stays on to follow his ideals; Saint Denis, a government aide ordered to stop Morel; Orsini, a professional ivory hunter whose vested interests aren't the same as Morel's; and Waitari, leader of a Pan-African movement who follows Morel only for the personal good it will do his own campaign. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 October 1958 (USA)  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Terrible heat and sickness took their toll on the cast and crew. The 130 people had 920 sick calls during the filming. See more »

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Minna: And what about the people who follow you? And love you? What of us? There lots of us, thousands and thousands who would like to do what you are doing, but they haven't the courage. They are too tired, too done for. But they understand, they know what you are trying to say! Even the stupidest, like me. They think of you, they think of the elephants, then suddenly they find themselves smiling. They can't help it! We can't help it. You must go on!
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Minna's Theme
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Music by Henri Patterson
Arranged by Malcolm Arnold
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Houston entertaining film on the protection of elephants.
11 March 2014 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

This movie is better than the value. First photography is spectacular and insurmountable , even for a movie today ( the image quality is amazing ) , as well as being filmed on location , second is directed by John Huston, third, Errol Flynn is not the protagonist, so no need to resort to the argument of decay and problems with alcoholism . Fourth, Trevor Howard (Captain "Bly","Mutiny on the Bounty", 1963) does a fantastic job, great actor, Juliette Greco is great and does a good job, the cast is generally quite good, Orson Wells included.

As for the story, is the typical film by John Huston, adventure drama, this time focused on defending the rights of the elephants, and nature in general set and interspersed with all the very political issue in recent times of French colonialism in Africa. Maybe the way to solve it or, indeed, not entirely solve finish is where the cause of the low value of this film lies in addition to the consideration of Errol Flynn as the main actor in the film.

Trevor Howard, the protagonist, should be in first place in the division. He is "Morel" , a man committed to nature and especially against indiscriminate ivory trade , determined at all costs to avoid the killing of elephants is taking place in a colony of France. Not really an adventure story, so the film is confused. Mark Huston has good moments.

It's a story of losers, brave characters, mixed with revolutionary interests. The kilter gun battles simply adventurous character that could have the film, giving it a tragic air.


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