6.9/10
983
21 user 10 critic

Hannibal Brooks (1969)

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.

Director:

Writers:

(original story), (original story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Jokers (1967)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Tremayne bothers decide to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London - not for criminal purposes, but to make themselves famous.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Harry Andrews
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Advertising golden boy Andrew Quint is fed up with his fabulously successful life. In very dramatic fashion, he quits his job to return to writing for a small literary magazine. He wants to... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, Carol White
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Ian Hunter
Zeppelin (1971)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1915, frustrated with the German air-raids on London, British Intelligence sends Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas, who has German ancestry, to Germany, to find information about the latest German Zeppelin.

Director: Etienne Périer
Stars: Michael York, Elke Sommer, Peter Carsten
The Games (1970)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czech and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A British road repairman gets into a feud with the Army, gets drafted and is mistakenly parachuted into Nazi occupied France where his physical resemblance to the local German commandant triggers a hilarious chain reaction.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Honor Blackman, Edward Chapman
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Four Musketeers defend the queen and her dressmaker from Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Michael York, Raquel Welch, Oliver Reed
Venom (1981)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Terrorists who kidnap a child from a wealthy family are pursued by a deadly snake.

Director: Piers Haggard
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a seaside village, a group of local young men mingle among the seasonal tourists in search of sexual conquests. Near the end of one summer, the leader of the group, Tinker, a strolling ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Oliver Reed, Jane Merrow, Barbara Ferris
Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Lee Marvin, Toshirô Mifune
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Stephen 'Hannibal' Brooks
...
Packy
...
Col. von Haller
...
Bernard
Helmuth Lohner ...
Willi (as Helmut Lohner)
Peter Carsten ...
Kurt
Karin Baal ...
Ralf Wolter ...
Dr. Mendel
Jürgen Draeger ...
Sami (as Jurgen Draeger)
Maria Brockerhoff ...
Anna
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 ...
Josef
John Porter-Davison ...
Geordie (as John Porter Davison)
Edit

Storyline

In WW2, captured British soldier Stephen Brooks is on a prison train to Germany.On the train he meets an American prisoner, Packy, who's obsessed with escaping.Brooks tries to temper Packy and reminds him that escaped prisoners are shot if recaptured.Packy is insistent despite Brooks' warnings. On arrival at the POW camp Stalag 7A, Brooks and other fellow POWs are sent to work at the local Munich zoo, to care for the animals.Brooks is assigned to care for Lucy the elephant.The German caretaker in charge of Lucy is asked to train Brooks in his new job.At first, Brooks hates the assignment, considering the large amount of animal waste to be cleaned daily.However, he eventually becomes attached to Lucy the elephant.After a devastating bombing raid that kills some of the animals and zoo staff it is decided to evacuate the surviving animals.Lucy is scheduled to be transported by train to Innsbruck, Austria.On the departure day, the train is commandeered by a moody SS Colonel, for his ... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's a suspense story. It's a comedy story. It's a war story. It's a warm story. It's a wild story. It's a love story. It's a moving story. It's an elephant story. It's a super story. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

21 March 1969 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Hannibal Brooks  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(DeLuxe)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Even though he had worked with Roger Corman, Michael J Pollard said Michael Winner was the fastest director he had ever collaborated with. See more »

Quotes

Stephen 'Hannibal' Brooks: [Looking through a hole in the side of the wagon] On a clear day, you can see Mussolini.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hellraisers (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Michael Winner is another Orson Welles!!
14 March 2004 | by (Rochford, Essex) – See all my reviews

That got your attention, didn't it? The words "Michael Winner" and "Orson Welles" in the same sentence. And I don't just mean because of their fondness for wine and good food. No, the fact is, that like, Orson Welles, Michael Winner made all his best films at the start of his career ("The Jokers", "The Games" and this film). After the first "Death Wish", he was starting to go downhill professionally (although "A Chorus of Disapproval" was not bad). If you see any of his most recent films, you'll find it hard to believe that this was the same man that made such a class act as "Hannibal Brooks" back in 1968. In fact, his films don't get released any more, they escape. "Dirty Weekend" is a case in point, executed so crassly and seemingly assembled by some clueless chimp who has no idea about film-making.

Anyway, back to "Hannibal Brooks" and the days when Winner made films for the family that didn't involve women being raped and tortured. The story of a British P.O.W. in 1944 helping to lead an elephant over the Alps to freedom in Switzerland was devised by Winner and former P.O.W. Tom Wright and blessed by a great script full of quotable lines by "Likely Lads" Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. Reed is great, although the film is stolen by Michael J. Pollard, who has never been better than he is in this film. With great picture postcard photography of Austria (by Robert Paynter) and a terrific score by "Love Story" composer Francis Lai, this is great entertainment and deserves a DVD release now.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WATCH IT NOW........ WHILE YOU CAN vanquish3443
Vote to get it on dvd RedRhonnie
Mistake! robred69
WINNER's BEST ? vanquish3443
FINALLY on DVD!!!!! TheEdge-4
Discuss Hannibal Brooks (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?