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Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959)

In the 19th century,during the German colonial rule,railway engineer Robert Adamson arrives in the Kilimanjaro Region to finish building a railroad through hostile territory.

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Robert Adamson
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Hooky Hook
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Jane Carlton
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Ben Ahmed
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Sexton
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Ali
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Chief
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Pasha
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Gunther
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Boraga
Anthony Jacobs ...
Mustaph
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At the end of the 19th century,during the German colonial rule,railway engineer Robert Adamson is sent to the Kilimanjaro Region to find out why the railroad construction works have stalled.On the ship taking him to Africa he meets a young East African boy,Pasha, returning home to Africa from his school in the UK.Adamson also meets a young woman,Jane Carlton,traveling to East Africa to find her missing father who was one of the railroad engineers. Adamson strikes a strong friendship with both.He promises to the young native boy a ride on the train once the railroad is completed and also promises to the young lady to help her find her missing father.Once he arrives in Africa, Adamson finds out that a competing German railroad company will cause him trouble and prevent him from finishing his railroad.He also finds out that his planned route for the new railroad is passing through some very unfriendly and dangerous native tribal areas.On top of everything he still has to help Miss Jane ... Written by nufs68

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This was originally intended to be an Alan Ladd starring vehicle. See more »

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In one scene in the village, the native men are dancing. The close shots show Pasha happily bobbing to the music, but the far shots show him motionless. See more »

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Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

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There are a lot of films like this--only better.
7 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Robert Taylor is in Africa to build a railroad to Lake Tanganyika. Problems arise when a group of Germans also arrive to build a railroad and a local baddie decides to do what he can to sabotage Taylor's efforts.

"Killers of Kilamanjaro" is not a bad film at all. It has some handsome cinematography that is far better than the average Tarzan film. However, it also is amazingly ordinary despite this--and features characters that are pretty bland and one-dimensional.

You know the film will have problems when you see that Robert Taylor is cast in the lead. Now he was a fine actor and I like his films (that's why I watched it) BUT it's all about him trying to build a railroad for the British in Africa and Taylor is about as British as Bratwurst! This casting just didn't make sense to me--and I am sure the audiences felt the same. As for the rest, they weren't bad but had an amazing capacity for ordinariness--most likely because the script was just okay. Films like "King Solomon's Mines" (not the abomination with Richard Chamberlain) make this look pretty dull by comparison.


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