White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  14 September 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Miss Wilding, Wilson's Secretary
Norman Lumsden ...
Butler George
Paul Landers
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
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


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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An adventure in obsession...


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cazador blanco, corazón negro  »

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$24,500,000 (estimated)


$2,319,124 (USA)

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To prepare for this picture playing John Wilson (this movie's alter ego of director John Huston), Clint Eastwood consulted his daughter Anjelica Huston and Peter Viertel, the movie's source novelist and film's scriptwriter. See more »


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John Wilson: Wake me up if we crash into the mountain. I wouldn't want to miss that.
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One of the most intellectual of Eastwood films.
6 May 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood stars in, directed and produced this original adventure film that alternates with great skill and unique perspective, a recreation of the early stages of the filming of "The African Queen" and the obsession of its director to hunt an elephant tusks in the middle Savannah portentous African. A self-destructive portrait of the protagonist John Wilson (Clint Eastwood) is but a facade for John Huston's' The African Queen. "

It is not, strictly speaking, the typical vision of cinema through film but, of course, mishaps on the set and the verbal battles between "John Wilson" (Clint Eastwood), a veteran filmmaker back around, and team members have no waste.

It is an extraordinary building of character inspired by John Huston modelling Eastwood. Nobody is better than a great actor-turned-best director, if possible, to become one of the greatest American filmmakers of personality and character. The privileges of this crafty, eccentric, bully, a womanizer and "bon vivant" found in Houston and the interpretation of Eastwood everything you need to display the charisma and genius of this character.

"John Wilson" does not fight with the producer of Hollywood: he has transcended the world of cinema, to begin a more spiritual struggle and 'black heart', "hunt the elephant with large tusks". This is the leitmotiv of the film will cause an evolution of the more interesting actor narrated with high performance filled with silences, glances, gestures, It's resulting in a film with acting and directing at the height of his best work.

The music goes perfectly, the photography is darker than expected for a story set in Africa and actor Eastwood surprisingly registration change to get into the character of John Huston.

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