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White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

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

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Charlotte Cornwell ...
Miss Wilding, Wilson's Secretary
Norman Lumsden ...
Butler George
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Reissar - a British Partner (as Edward Tudor Pole)
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...
Thompson, British Partner
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John Rapley ...
Gun Shop Salesman
Catherine Neilson ...
Irene Saunders
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Richard Vanstone ...
Jamie Koss ...
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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An adventure in obsession...

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Adventure | Drama

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Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cazador blanco, corazón negro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$165,450 (USA) (16 September 1990)

Gross:

$2,319,124 (USA)
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Trivia

Show-business trade paper 'Variety' reported in its 31st December 1989 review: "Though the end credits note that this is 'a work of fiction' this is clearly a story about [director] 'John Huston' and the pre-production period for The African Queen (1951) (called The African Trader here). Eastwood [Clint Eastwood] plays the Huston character . . . he wears Huston clothes and hats, assumes Huston mannerisms, smokes Huston cigars and speaks with the characteristic Huston timbre." See more »

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The map detailing the crew's trip by plane from England to Uganda shows Germany with pre-WWII borders. The movie is set around 1950. 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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Underrated Classic... Clint Eastwood plays John Huston!
23 June 2004 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

(4 outta 5 stars)

One of Clint Eastwood's most unjustly-neglected movies... he directed and stars as a cranky, strong-willed movie director (he's actually playing the real-life John Huston, though his character is called "Wilson" in the movie... and the book it was based on). In Africa to direct an action-comedy ("The African Queen" in real life) Wilson throws the project into turmoil when he suddenly becomes obsessed with hunting and killing an elephant. "It's not a crime... it's bigger than that... it's a SIN," he says by way of justification. It takes a while to get used to Clint trying to play John Huston... trying to talk in a different style of voice than we're used to hearing... but the dialogue and story are so compelling that you forget that Clint really is the wrong guy for this role. And yet, by the time the movie reaches it's devastating final line... Clint has made the character his own. As far as Clint's directing work goes... I would rank this film right after "Unforgiven"... yes, even better than "Mystic River"!


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