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Hatari! (1962)

Approved  |   |  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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Kurt Muller (as Hardy Kruger)
Gérard Blain ...
Charles 'Chips' Maurey (as Gerard Blain)
Michèle Girardon ...
Brandy de la Court (as Michele Girardon)
Valentin de Vargas ...
Queenie Leonard ...
Nurse (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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19 June 1962 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (USA)

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[first lines]
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Great Family Movie
20 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time when I was about 7. I am in my later 30's now and still enjoy seeing it anytime I can. This is a movie that I would be interested in buying it was so entertaining. This was a great movie back then for me to see, and a movie that I would be happy to sit down with my children and watch now. It is clean fun with a lot of humor. My favorite parts of the film were when they were working with the animals, which was most of the time. The baby elephants added quite a bit to the movie and made it fun. Excellent family film. If you enjoy animals and have a few hours to kill, I recommend you rent this one.

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