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A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen 'Hannibal' Brooks
Col. von Haller
Helmut Lohner ...
Peter Carsten ...
Karin Baal ...
Ralf Wolter ...
Dr. Mendel
Jürgen Draeger ...
Sami (as Jurgen Draeger)
Maria Brockerhoff ...
Til Kiwe ...
Von Haller's Sergeant
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ...
Elephant Keeper Kellerman (as Ernst Fritz Furbringer)
Erik Jelde ...
Zoo Director Stern (as Eric Jelde)
Fred Haltiner ...
John Porter-Davison ...
Geordie (as John Porter Davison)


A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.

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Rated PG-13 for some war violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »





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23 July 1969 (France)  »

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Oliver Reed, in preparation for his role of Hannibal Brooks, spent a whole week working with an elephant keeper in a zoo to learn how to handle Aida the cow elephant, who would be playing Lucy in the film. See more »


Stephen 'Hannibal' Brooks: [Looking through a hole in the side of the wagon] On a clear day, you can see Mussolini.
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I was surprised by how good this was
21 July 2003 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

I stumbled on this movie on a Sunday afternoon and, having nothing better to do, sat down to watch. I wasn't expecting much--director Michael Winner doesn't have the strongest reputation--but this was a very well-done film. It has that 60s anti-establishment tone, though Oliver Reed's character is more indifferent to war than an outright rebel. When he is captured, Reed's character, Hannibal Brooks, volunteers to work at the Munich zoo and becomes the caretaker for the zoo's elephant, Lucy. When the German caretaker is killed in a bombing raid, Brooks is put in charge and directed to take the elephant to safety in Ausria. What follows is a series of largely comic misadventures, though the film does develop a serious tone as it goes on. Unable to take the elephant by train, Brooks sets off on foot, accompanied by two German guards and a female cook.

There is some great German scenery in the film as Brooks and company make their way into the high country. Following the accidental death of one of the guards, plans change and the remaining trio make their way to Switzerland. There's a rogueish American escapee, played by Michael J. Pollard, who keeps crossing paths with Brooks, as well as a German officer, played by Wolfgang Preiss, whose path crosses Brooks' as well. Rather reluctantly, Brooks becomes something of a hero, though he's motivated more by his desire to keep Lucy safe than by anything else. A very enjoyable movie that I wouldn't mind seeing again some time.

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