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White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

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A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa.

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Charlotte Cornwell ...
Miss Wilding, Wilson's Secretary
Norman Lumsden ...
Butler George
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Paul Landers
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Reissar - a British Partner (as Edward Tudor Pole)
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...
Thompson, British Partner
Richard Warwick ...
Basil Fields, British Partner
John Rapley ...
Gun Shop Salesman
Catherine Neilson ...
Irene Saunders
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Kay Gibson, Film Star
Richard Vanstone ...
Phil Duncan, Film Star
Jamie Koss ...
Mrs. Duncan
Anne Dunkley ...
Scarf Girl in Nightclub Show
David Danns ...
Bongo Man in Nightclub Show
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The world famous movie director John Wilson has gone to Africa to make his next movie. He is an obstinate, contrary director who'd rather hunt elephants than takes care of his crew or movie. He has become obsessed with one particular elephant and cares for nothing else. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

White Hunter Black Heart  »

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Budget:

$24,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,319,124 (USA)
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In the later Clint Eastwood movie Blood Work (2002), portraying the doctor of Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) was Anjelica Huston. Anjelica's father was director John Huston whom Eastwood made this film about, which is about the making of the movie The African Queen (1951). Eastwood actually plays John Wilson, a thinly disguised characterization of John Huston. On the documentary Making 'Blood Work' (2002), Anjelica talks of how she beared witness to her father's aneurism operation. She said that the fact that she plays Eastwood's cardiologist in that film, and that Eastwood had played her father in this film, she said, was "strangely convergent". See more »

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When John Wilson is talking to Pete Verrill over breakfast he refers to him as 'Jeff', Jeff Fahey being the real name of the actor. See more »

Quotes

John Wilson: I would like to tell you a little story.
Mrs. MacGregor: Oh, I love stories.
John Wilson: Well, you mustn't interrupt now, because you're way too beautiful to interrupt people. When I was in London in the early 40's, I was dining one evening at the Savoy with a rather select group of people, and sitting next to me was a very beautiful lady, much like yourself.
Mrs. MacGregor: Now you're pulling my leg.
John Wilson: Now, just listen, dear. Well, we were dining and the bombs were falling, and we were all talking about Hitler and comparing him with ...
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All about narcissism
28 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Narcissists are the bane of existence, unless they happen to be on stage and entertaining us. Aside from that, I find it best to stay far, far away from such folks. Some call such people "characters," I call them a**holes. They make life difficult for those around them and John Wilson is no exception. In fact, Eastwood's egocentric behavior causes life to become fatally difficult for one poor soul.

I am puzzled by those who see this as some of Eastwood's greatest acting. It soon becomes clear that he is doing an impression of John Huston, which is fine, and is recognizable, however I don't think he delivered a single line which I believed. I was constantly taken out of the movie by what I considered to be in fact very bad acting by Eastwood, at least vocally. Supporting actors were not much better, that one guy attempting a poor German accent I believe, and I felt they were all blown out of the water acting-wise by the folks who only had a couple of lines. The spectacle of this narcissist's self centered romp through his life provides a number of action sequences which do suit Eastwood, including a bit of "Any Which Way You Can" bare knuckle fighting. The film is sparse, probably intended to give a documentary feel. Very little in the way of soundtrack. Photography was disappointedly lame. In a movie such as this where I am looking for something to distract me, interesting photography can help. However, probably due to the documentary style choice, the only vaguely interesting shots were brief transition shots between scenes.

Ultimately the narcissist is forced into some realization of his gross selfishness and negligence, and finally comes to accept his obligations to others, although it seems more out of defeat than anything else.


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