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Hatari! -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Leigh Brackett (screenplay)
Harry Kurnitz (story)
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Release Date:
19 June 1962 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Fun! Adventure! Romance! Thrills! For People Of All Ages! A Wonderful New World Of Entertainment! See more »
Plot:
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 ? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
Red Buttons Dead at 87
 (From WENN. 14 July 2006)

User Reviews:
Hawks' African 'Buddy' Film a Wayne Classic! See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Sean Mercer

Hardy Krüger ... Kurt Muller (as Hardy Kruger)

Elsa Martinelli ... Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro

Red Buttons ... Pockets
Gérard Blain ... Charles 'Chips' Maurey (as Gerard Blain)

Bruce Cabot ... Little Wolf aka The Indian
Michèle Girardon ... Brandy de la Court (as Michele Girardon)
Valentin de Vargas ... Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez

Eduard Franz ... Dr. Sanderson
Queenie Leonard ... Nurse (scenes deleted)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Chevron ... Joseph (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man in Store (uncredited)
Cathy Lewis ... Radio Operator (voice) (uncredited)
Eric Rungren ... (uncredited)
Henry Scott ... Sikh Clerk (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
Leigh Brackett (screenplay)

Harry Kurnitz (story)

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer
Paul Helmick .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter 
Sam Comer 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Production Management
Jim Henderling .... unit manager
Don Robb .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Connors Jr. .... assistant director (as Tom Connors)
Paul Helmick .... second unit director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
William R. Poole .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Earl Olin .... property master
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound recordist (as John Carter)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Parker .... special mechanical effects
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph C. Brun .... associate photographer (as Joseph Brun)
Ron Drinkwater .... focus puller (uncredited)
Roger Montéran .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Stanley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Brian West .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Whitman .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Beetson Jr. .... wardrobe: men
 
Music Department
Sue Allen .... chorus (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Perry Botkin Jr. .... chorus (uncredited)
Rolly Bundock .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: vibes (uncredited)
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Pete Candoli .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Mahlon Clark .... musician: clarinet soloist (uncredited)
Peggy Clark .... chorus (uncredited)
Morty Corb .... musician: bass (uncredited)
John Drake .... chorus (uncredited)
Don Fagerquist .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Ian Freebairn-Smith .... chorus (uncredited)
Benny Gill .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Ronnie Lang .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Gene Merlino .... chorus (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: alto saxophone (uncredited)
Sam Rice .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Jimmy Rowles .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Al Schmitt .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Sperling .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Jack Sperling .... musician: percussionist (uncredited)
John Williams .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Willy de Beer .... technical advisor
Howard Hawks .... presenter
Edle Bakke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Sieuwke Bisleti .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Jan Oelofse .... animal supervisor and handler (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
157 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S (cut) (1972) | Finland:K-12 (uncut) (1962) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (2013) | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #19999) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
In 1960 Clark Gable had agreed to star in the movie with John Wayne, provided he received first billing on the opening credits and $1 million plus 10% of the gross. Paramount however would not raise the budget to finance Gable, so the script was radically changed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While Sean is showing Pockets how to milk a goat, and Timbo scares the line of goats, Sean falls backwards onto the ground with the bucket of goats milk landing on the ground behind him. When the angle changes, the bucket of goat's milk is now on top of Sean's head.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ice Bucket BluesSee more »

FAQ

Chicago Opening Happened When?
"Hatari"---Was This Film Paramount's 50th Anniversary Picture?
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Hawks' African 'Buddy' Film a Wayne Classic!, 4 December 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

HATARI! may be the most enjoyable of the Howard Hawks/John Wayne collaborations (their other pairings produced the classics RED RIVER and RIO BRAVO, and the RIO BRAVO 'remakes' EL DORADO and RIO LOBO), and is exceptional in several ways; at 157 minutes (2 hours, 37 minutes), it may be one of the longest 'buddy' films ever made; nearly all of the animal 'chase and capture' sequences involved the actual cast members (professional handlers serving as stunt doubles were only rarely used); and the filming began with virtually no script (which was written based on the 'on location' footage in Africa, after the cast returned to California). At 65, director Hawks was still in top form, and the risks he took paid off...HATARI!, despite it's length, is never boring!

The story focuses on a season with a team of professional hunter/trappers, capturing animals for zoos and circuses. With a breathtaking opening scene of a rhino chase, costing them the use of veteran driver, 'Indian' (legendary actor Bruce Cabot), the 'family' dynamic is quickly established, with rugged Sean Mercer (Wayne) both boss and father-figure to the group. As he and the rest of the 'family' (Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger, Valentin de Vargas, and Michèle Girardon) meet 'Indian's' replacement, 'Chips' (Gérard Blain), Mercer has an even bigger headache to deal with; beautiful photographer Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro (Elsa Martinelli) has arrived, to shoot a magazine spread. A 'traditional' Hawks leading lady, 'Dallas' is feisty, sultry, and attracted to Mercer, and the older man, uncomfortable with the ease by which she fits into the group, as well as his own stirrings, tries to make it clear that romance has no place on his agenda (in much the same manner as he did with Angie Dickinson in RIO BRAVO...and with the same results).

While some elements of the story are dated and politically incorrect (shooting a baby African elephant, even as a 'mercy killing', would be a major offense, today, as it is an endangered species), the combination of spectacular 'hunt' sequences, and the warmth and easy camaraderie of the cast in the subplots make HATARI! a rich, rewarding experience.

A major plus for the film is a very atypical Henry Mancini score, combining tense, African-influenced themes for the chases, and the very funny 'Elephant Walk' to punctuate 'Dallas's' relationship with her adopted pachyderm 'children'. The baby elephant scenes are film highlights, as is the rocket capture of a tree filled with monkeys, and both rhino chases (which clearly shows Wayne in some real danger!)

From the opening rhino sequence to the closing 'Honeymoon' scene, HATARI! is a grand entertainment, and escapism at it's best!

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