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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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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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1.85 : 1
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At the time of filming, the country was known as Tanganyika. In 1964 it joined with Zanzibar and Pemba islands, and was renamed using an amalgam of the names of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, or Tanzania. See more »


The doctor mentions that the Indian has a rare blood type, he's correct. However, someone with an AB-negative type can receive blood from anyone who has an Rh negative type, not just AB-negative. 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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Great film for the whole family
16 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Hatari is one of the best non cowboy films John Wayne ever made. And the supporting cast is superb. This one is a must see for the entire family. Red Buttons brings the humor, John Wayne the adventure and Else Martinelli the romance. All you need is the pop corn. The kids will get a big kick out of this movie as I did growing up. Many funny scenes in this movie. We have rockets going off, monkeys being trapped and a rhino that just wont give up. And don't forget the two baby elephants running thru the streets.

And yes, there is plenty of action for the adults too. This picture was made in Africa and has beautiful cinematography. And the actors preformed their on stunts in this movie. John Wayne can not only rope a horse, but a rhino too. I don't want to give the movie away if you haven't seen it. The movie is about three hours long, but it will fly bye. It is a fast pace movie. And by the way, Hatari means danger in Swahili.

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