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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 before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Kurt Muller (as Hardy Kruger)
Charles 'Chips' Maurey (as Gerard Blain)
Little Wolf aka The Indian
Brandy de la Court (as Michele Girardon)
Dr. Sanderson
Nurse (scenes deleted)


Sean Mercer (played by John Wayne) runs a business in East Africa. He and his team capture wild animals for zoos. It is dangerous work - on of his men almost dies after being gored by a rhino. He accepts a request from a photographer to join his business and capture their experiences but is very surprised, and bit inconvenienced, when the photographer turns out to be a woman. However, over time he grows fond of her. Meanwhile, plans to capture certain animals lead to all sorts of plans and adventures. Written by grantss

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19 June 1962 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Pockets was originally an Englishman named Robbie and Howard Hawks offered the role to Leo McKern, Peter Ustinov and Peter Sellers. McKern refused to work with the Right Wing John Wayne, Ustinov was unavailable and Sellers accepted before the character was reworked into an American. See more »


Several of the animals (especially the rhino) make sounds that they don't make in the wild. See more »


[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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Referenced in Contempt (1963) See more »


Just For Tonight
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
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One of a Kind
10 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I am somewhat surprised at a few of the negative comments in this forum regarding the movie. Although I see 95% positive, the ones that dislike the movie because of the romance between Dallas and John are particularly distasteful.

They point out an age discrepancy, and call John "Grandpa Wayne", good grief! John Wayne was 59 yrs old at the making of this movie, and the actress that played Dallas was 27. In real life those kind of romances happen all the time, why would anyone be surprised when they happen in fiction?

The animal scenes are exquisite. I doubt there will ever be a movie like this made again. This is how animals get into the zoos, they just don't walk in there and say "sign me up!"

I like everything about this movie; it is a diversification for Wayne, who was already maybe the most diverse actor in Hollywood history. (consider The Conquerer vs. The Quiet man). It has love, comedy, drama, and animals!

Plus all the actors in the movie were given great character depth. I am sure many people have heard of the baby elephant walk, but did not know it came from this movie.

Its such a fun movie, I have to give it a 10, because there is no way to make it any better. What a great achievement of direction, producing, and animal filming!

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