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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stephen 'Hannibal' Brooks
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Packy
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Col. von Haller
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Bernard
Helmut Lohner ...
Willi
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)
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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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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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A grande aventura de Hannibal  »

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Karin Baal was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl. See more »

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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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A road movie with a difference!
14 January 1999 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

What can you say about a war movie where an elephant crosses the Alps? It's silly but a heck of a lot of fun. The scenery is gorgeous, the acting is light and the action sequences are top notch. Oliver Reed is perfectly cast as our hero Brooks. He has played so many villain roles that it's great to see him play a nice guy for a change. The beautiful Austrian scenery steals the show. Somehow every time we see a breathtaking view of the mountains, we forget we're watching a war movie. The war is shown in a very comedic way(especially all of Michael J. Pollard's scenes, which are priceless) and this works to some extent. The comedy never goes overboard (a fine balance is kept throughout the film). A good example of this is the final action sequence at the border crossing which is exciting and well played with a nice dash of humour thrown in. At many times we are required to check our disbelief at the door but this is such a good natured movie that we don't really care.We root for our heroes to make it to safety, all the way to the end, without ever really wondering if they will make it, but that's part of the film's charm. Overall a great movie to see on a cold winter day.


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