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Hatari! (1962)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  19 June 1962 (USA)
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A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos. Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their ways ?

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Charles 'Chips' Maurey (as Gerard Blain)
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Storyline

John Wayne and his ensemble cast cavort over the African landscape filling orders from zoos for wild animals. Bruce Cabot plays "the Indian", a womanizing sharpshooter who is gored by a rhino in the opening scenes of the film. This becomes a running theme through the movie; their bad luck in catching rhinos, and provides the climactic ending chase. While Bruce is in the hospital, Elsa Martinelli shows up as a woman photographer from a Swiss zoo, and John wants to send her packing. She strongarms the Duke into letting her stay by promising that her zoo will buy most of their animals this season if she's allowed to go along on the hunts and take photos. Hardy Kruger, Gerard Blain, Michelle Girardon and Valentin de Vargas round out the group. They traipse over the African landscape capturing animals; Elsa also has a running gag where she collects baby elephants as the movie goes along. In the end she's acquired three of them. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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animal | zoo | photographer | chase | hospital | See more »

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Hatari means Fun Hatari means Adventure! Hatari means Thrills! See more »


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$14,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Howard Hawks appears in at least two scenes in the movie. The first appearance is in the back of the truck when they are chasing the Rhino toward the end of the movie. He is standing on the right wearing a hat and mostly looking down/back. The second appearance is when they are standing listening to Pockets read the letter from Dallas. He walks through the hall behind the scene. See more »

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Driving in circles? The crew's trip to the hospital, during the main credits, traverses the same countryside hours apart. The Film Editor and the Technical Advisor's credits cover a late afternoon pan shot. Three images later, though the sun has set, Howard Hawk's credit is covering the identical landscape pan we just saw. Poor Little Wolf. See more »

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[first lines]
Sean Mercer: [over two-way radio] Kurt, can you hear me?
Kurt Muller: Go ahead, Sean.
Sean Mercer: At about eleven o'clock... right in the middle of that herd of wildebeest - see him?
Kurt Muller: Oh, that's a good one.
Sean Mercer: Let's go; start out easy.
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Soundtracks

The Sounds of Hatari
(Overture)
Music by Henry Mancini
Featuring Shelly Manne ( percussion), Jack Sperling (percussion), Larry Bunker (percussion), Milt Holland (percussion), Jimmy Rowles (piano) and The Henry Mancini Orchestra.
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The most hilarious John Wayne movie
2 May 2003 | by (fresno, California) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1962. Today it is still as fresh and funny as it was forty years ago. And it is so politically incorrect! It should be put on a pedestal!!! Think about it cool and suave dudes out in the wilds of Africa capturing wild animals for zoos! It's great to see those these folks, rousting beasts during the day, dancing around the piano, while they hold a martini in one hand and a beautiful girl wrapped around the other. The Henry Mancini music is a pleasure to listen to. Just try to obtain a rare CD of the Hatari soundtrack. The humor in the movie is largely supplied by an adorable Red Buttons, playing a former New York cabbie who currently acts as manic truck driver for John Wayne on his daily quest to capture animals. And why is Buttons now driving in Africa? His explanation is that the animals are like New York drivers, so he feels right at home. So run, don't walk to your nearest video rental joint. Rent this baby and spend the next few hours laughing with a movie from a different time and world view.


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