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The Fiercest Heart (1961)

Two British soldiers in 1830s South Africa flee military discipline and join a group of Boers heading north on "the Great Trek." In between fighting off Zulu attacks, one of these soldiers ... See full summary »

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Steve Bates
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Francina
Ken Scott ...
Harry Carter
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Willem Prinsloo
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Tante Maria
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Nzobe
Michael David ...
Barent Beyer
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Hugo Baumon
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Sarah
Dennis Holmes ...
Peter
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Madrigo
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Major Adrian
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Bart
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Hendrik
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Klaas
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Two British soldiers in 1830s South Africa flee military discipline and join a group of Boers heading north on "the Great Trek." In between fighting off Zulu attacks, one of these soldiers falls in love with the trek-leader's granddaughter who has been promised to another man. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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These were the trail blazers... Who dared to penetrate the core of trackless Africa!

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30 April 1961 (USA)  »

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Corazón impetuoso  »

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2.35 : 1
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Fierce? Who's kidding who?
17 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Copyright 6 April 1961 by 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. U.S. release: 26 April 1961. New York opening at neighborhood theaters: 2 August 1961. U.K. release: 26 March 1961. Australian release: August 1961. 91 minutes.

SYNOPSIS: Three British army deserters lead a group of Boers into Zulu country.

NOTES: Film debut of Rafer Johnson. Photographed in CinemaScope. Westrex Sound System.

VIEWER'S GUIDE: Not suitable for children.

COMMENT: Dullsville. This "heart" is not so much "fierce" as just plain boring. True, there are at least one or two lively moments and Raymond Massey can always be depended upon to give a solid performance, but most of the other players are little more than excuses to fill up the screen.

The story is not only both dull and seen-it-all-many-times-before routine, but it's tricked out with all the usual stock African fauna footage that we've all been made thoroughly familiar with in so many movies before this entry!

Even normally reliable Vincent Sherman's direction is steadfastly pedestrian from start to finish. His heart was obviously not in it - - and who would blame him?


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