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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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Storyline

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...

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Adventure | Drama

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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cazador blanco, corazón negro  »

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$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

Ralph Lockhart: No Hollywood safaris for me.
John Wilson: That word has crept into the conversation quite a few times, hasn't it?
Ralph Lockhart: Which word is that, sir?
John Wilson: Hollywood. I realize it's the name of a place, but the way you say it has an added meaning. Like an insult.
Ralph Lockhart: Well, l didn't mean it like that.
John Wilson: Don't contradict me, Ralph. I've heard it all before. In the Army, in New York in the theater. Hell, l've heard it everywhere. People say Hollywood when they want to insult you. Well, really Hollywood is just a place where they ...
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Eastwood plays Huston
10 June 1999 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

This film is based on a book by Peter Viertel who worked with Huston on a number of projects. He shares writing credit with Huston on We Were Strangers. The book and film give us Viertel's version of what it was like to work with the great John Huston on The African Queen. Viertel finally bailed out and Huston and cast somehow managed to create a masterpiece. Eastwood plays the fictional representation of Huston to the hilt, creating one of his most memorable roles. This is a film that you have to work at. If you know a little of the history, though, it is well worth seeing.


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