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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Peter Viertel (novel)
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Release Date:
14 September 1990 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
An adventure in obsession...
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Eastwood is good (as usual) in an uneven film See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... John Wilson

Jeff Fahey ... Pete Verrill
Charlotte Cornwell ... Miss Wilding, Wilson's Secretary
Norman Lumsden ... Butler George

George Dzundza ... Paul Landers

Edward Tudor-Pole ... 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

Marisa Berenson ... 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
Myles Freeman ... Ape Man in Nightclub Show
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Squadron Leader Alec Laing

Christopher Fairbank ... Tom Harrison, Art Director

Alun Armstrong ... Ralph Lockhart

Clive Mantle ... Harry
Mel Martin ... Mrs. MacGregor
Martin Jacobs ... Dickie Marlowe, White Hunter
Norman Malunga ... Desk Clerk

Timothy Spall ... Hodkins, Bush Pilot

Alex Norton ... Zibelinsky
Eleanor David ... Dorshka Zibelinsky
Boy Mathias Chuma ... Kivu
Andrew Whaley ... Photographer (as Andrew Whalley)
Conrad Asquith ... Ogilvy, White Hunter
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Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Viertel (novel)

Peter Viertel (screenplay) &
James Bridges (screenplay) and
Burt Kennedy (screenplay)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Stanley Rubin .... co-producer
David Valdes .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green 
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
John Graysmark 
 
Art Direction by
Tony Reading 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
 
Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist
Paul Engelen .... chief makeup artist
Colin Jamison .... chief hair stylist
Jan Jamison .... hair stylist (as Janet Jamison)
 
Production Management
Roy Button .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Brock .... second assistant director
Patrick Clayton .... first assistant director
Tim Lewis .... second assistant director
Isaac Mabhikwa .... third assistant director
Simon Trevor .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Robert Betts .... chief painter (as Bob Betts)
Steady Chidyausiku .... props
Dave Coldham .... chief plasterer (as David Coldman)
Judy Farr .... production buyer
Mark Fruin .... props
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Martin Hitchcock .... assistant art director
Derek Ixer .... property storeman
Patricia Johnson .... assistant art director
Richard Law .... stagehand
Peter Nyarambe .... props
John Palmer .... props
Keith Pitt .... props
Barbara Spiller .... production buyer
Tony Teiger .... property master
Ty Teiger .... props
Keith Vowles .... props
Peter Williams .... chief carpenter
John Wilson .... draper
John Wilson .... upholsterer
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Dean Coldham .... chargehand plasterer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Don Brown .... sound maintenance
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Handford .... production sound mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor
David M. Horton .... sound editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Peter Jones .... sound engineer
Karen Minahan .... assistant sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Jayme S. Parker .... sound editor
Michelle Pleis .... assistant sound editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Hank Salerno .... adr editor
James Simcik .... adr editor
Martin Trevis .... boom operator
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke Henderson)
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Draycott .... special effects technician
John Evans .... special effects supervisor
Gift Nyamandi .... special effects technician
Steve Sango .... special effects technician
Barry Whitrod .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Field .... visual effects assistant
Roy Field .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
David Mabukane .... stunt double: Boy Mathias Chuma
George Orrison .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunt riding double
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Allwork .... camera loader: aerial unit
Matthew Allwork .... focus puller: aerial unit
Peter Allwork .... aerial unit camera
David Chiganze .... grip: wildlife unit
Vince Clarke .... best boy
Murray Close .... still photographer
John Fletcher .... camera loader: wildlife unit
John Fletcher .... focus puller: wildlife unit
Kevin Fraser .... grip
Nobby Godden .... camera maintenance
Jack N. Green .... camera operator
Graham Hall .... clapper loader
Jamie Harcourt .... camera operator: wildlife unit
Martin Kenzie .... focus puller
Ron Lenoir .... chief rigger
Clive Mackey .... clapper loader
Colin Manning .... key grip
Alan Martin .... gaffer
Tony Rivetti .... focus puller
Peter Robinson .... camera operator
Simon Trevor .... camera operator: second unit
Gary Cross .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Field .... assistant camera: visual effects (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting: USA
Caitlin Rhodes .... casting: UK
Andrew Whaley .... local casting: Zimbabwe
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe supervisor
Electra Garaba .... wardrobe assistant
Beulah Guzara .... wardrobe assistant
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe supervisor: women
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor: USA
Mark Gill .... assistant editor: UK
Tom Shaffer .... color timer
Russ Woolnough .... assistant film editor: UK (as Russell Woolnough)
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Bill Perkins .... musician: flute
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion
Efrain Toro .... musician: percussion
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation manager
Brian Estabrook .... unit driver
Coaster Nziramasanga .... assistant transportation manager
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist: USA
Richard Bell .... consultant: white water unit
Fiona Birrell .... location physician: Zimbabwe (as Dr. Fiona Birrell)
Titus Chikoto .... camp manager (as Titus Chitokodo)
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Ian Cochrane .... helicopter pilot: white water unit
Ian Cochrane .... pilot: aerial unit
Tom Danaher .... pilot: aerial unit
Nick Daubeny .... location manager: UK
Robin Demetriou .... catering manager
Julie Glanfield .... contact: London
Nigel Haddon .... rubber duck lieutenant: white water unit
Pat Harrison .... location manager: Zimbabwe
Marianne Jacobs .... location coordinator: Zimbabwe
Ben Jenkins .... production runner: UK
Peter Jones .... engineer: white water unit
Sara Keene .... unit publicist: UK (as Sarah Keene)
Chris Lemmer .... rubber duck captain: white water unit
Rob Martens .... monkey wrangler
Michael Maurer .... production accountant: USA
Randall Jay Moore .... animal handler: elephant
Michael Pelly .... location physician: Zimbabwe (as Dr. Michael Pelly)
Arlene Phillips .... choreographer
Carol Regan .... production coordinator
Tom Rooker .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Murray Russell .... location manager: Zimbabwe
Roy Street .... horse master
Arthur Tarry .... production accountant: UK
Li Chin Tye .... nurse
Annie Van Wyk .... nurse
Ian Abercrombie .... voice-over (uncredited)
Aron Clayton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gary Nixon .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Jim Stockley .... animal trainer: elephant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
112 min
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Trivia:
The elephant gun used by John Wilson (Clint Eastwood) was a Holland & Holland Double Rifle aka a double barreled elephant magnum. It's been valued at being worth UK £65,000. The manufacturers made the real life gun that John Huston used whilst filming The African Queen (1951) in Arica in 1951. According to a May 1990 interview with production designer John Graysmark in 'Cue International', the production took great care of the firearm during the shoot and sold it back to the gun-makers at the end of principal photography, "unharmed, unscratched, [and] unused".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
Pete Verrill:[looking at elephants through binoculars] Oh. I've never seen one before, outside the circus or the zoo. They're so majestic. So indestructible. They're part of the earth. They make us feel like perverse little creatures from another planet. Without any dignity. Makes one believe in God.
[chuckles]
Pete Verrill:In the miracle of creation. Fantastic. They're part of a world that no longer exists, Hod. Feeling of unconquerable time.
Hodkins:You certainly have a way with words, Pete. No wonder you're a writer.
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Eastwood is good (as usual) in an uneven film, 7 September 2000
Author: bigsleepj from Captain Nemo's Submarine

White Hunter, Black Heart both left me confused as well as breathless. The movie, that I saw earlier this year on television, struck me as deep yet peculiar. Clint Eastwood, in one of his most memorable roles ever, John Wilson, goes out to shoot an elephant while what he really should be doing is shoot a Hollywood movie in the 1950s.

The only person on the crew who shares his view and almost understand him is Pete Verril (Jeff Fahey), a writer brought on to improve the script. Although Pete supports Wilson, Pete realizes that the hunt of an elephant is more than just an adventure for Wilson, but an obsession. Wilson is willing to compromise the entire crew's careers and futures just to commit "the only legal sin."

The movie has certain themes, including conservation, obsession and movie-making theories. The themes aren't explored too well, which explains the muddled ending. But still this is an enjoyable film.

Based on a novel by Peter Viertel, based on his experiences while filming the African Queen, the film is either going to grip you from the start, or bore you to death. You'll ever like it or forget it. The ending takes a little figuring out (especially at mentioning the title), but people who like movies about film making and Africa should like this.

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