6.2/10
4,331
56 user 11 critic

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

Directors:

Henry King, Roy Ward Baker (uncredited)

Writer:

Casey Robinson (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mogambo (1953)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In San Francisco in 1850, a Russian Countess runs away from an arranged marriage to a Russian Prince and falls into the arms of an American sea captain who occasionally poaches seals in Russian Alaska.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of disillusioned American expatriate writers live a dissolute, hedonistic lifestyle in 1920's France and Spain.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn
On the Beach (1959)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire
The Bravados (1958)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man is chasing four outlaws who killed his wife and finds them in a small town's jail but they escape to Mexico.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1944, an Army doctor is in charge of a neuropsychiatric ward at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona, and he must deal with a variety of tough cases.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A union pensioner and his wife are robbed, but find that merely getting the assailants brought to justice is not enough for their consciences.

Director: Robert Guédiguian
Stars: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dishonest riverboat gambler Ben Matthews is blamed for a murder he didn't commit and must find the real killer before the lynch mob finds him.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Tony Curtis, Colleen Miller, Arthur Kennedy
Action | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Union Army deserter, Lt. Hewitt, trains a rag tag band of all-female homesteaders to defend themselves against a Comanche tribe on the warpath.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Audie Murphy, Kathryn Grant, Hope Emerson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Harry Street
Susan Hayward ... Helen
Ava Gardner ... Cynthia Green
Hildegard Knef ... Countess Liz (as Hildegarde Neff)
Leo G. Carroll ... Uncle Bill
Torin Thatcher ... Johnson
Ava Norring ... Beatrice
Helene Stanley ... Connie
Marcel Dalio ... Emile
Vicente Gómez Vicente Gómez ... Guitarist (as Vicente Gomez)
Richard Allan Richard Allan ... Spanish Dancer
Edit

Storyline

As writer Harry Street lays gravely wounded from an African hunting accident he feverishly reflects on what he perceives as his failures at love and writing. Through his delirium he recalls his one true love Cynthia Green who he lost by his obsession for roaming the world in search of stories for his novels. Though she is dead Cynthia continues to haunt Street's thoughts. In spite of one successful novel after another, Street feels he has compromised his talent to ensure the success of his books, making him a failure in his eyes. His neglected wife Helen tends to his wounds, listens to his ranting, endures his talk of lost loves, and tries to restore in him the will to fight his illness until help arrives. Her devotion to him makes him finally realize that he is not a failure. With his realization of a chance for love and happiness with Helen, he regains his will to live. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

love | writer | africa | countess | safari | See All (174) »

Taglines:

His Adventures . . . Like His Loves . . . Were Great and Exciting !


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Swahili

Release Date:

25 December 1952 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,050,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Uncle Bill is Harry's mentor. He is loosely based on Ernest Hemingway's mentor, Sherwood Anderson. See more »

Goofs

At the restaurant in Spain, prior to when Harry leaves Cynthia at the table, he puts his left hand on her left arm in the long shot. In the closer shot, he is seen to take his right hand off her left arm as he stands up. See more »

Quotes

Harry Street: [narrating] And there was never another time like that first time in Africa.
See more »


Soundtracks

Ain't we got Fun
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Gus Kahn
Heard in the background during the first flashback scene
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

So-so film that is never as complex or as tragic as it should have been and is a lot less interesting for it
2 April 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Having saved a young man from a hippo, writer Harry Street lies dying from an infection in his African safari campsite. As his unappreciated wife Helen tends to his wounds and ensures him everything will be alright, Harry sinks into feverish reminiscing about a life that he perceives as being a failure in terms of both writing and his love life. He recalls the one woman that he believes he truly loved which, helpfully for Helen, isn't his current wife but a woman called Cynthia Green whom he met in Paris. The more he recalls the deeper his depression and the more Helen watches him surrendering his fight and will to live.

Taking a "deathbed" flashback structure we always know that things between Harry and his other loves didn't work out and the only question is "why". On paper we are meant to be with a bitter angry man who is facing death with a superficial devil-may-care attitude but underneath carries a deep sense of regret. The first problem I encountered with the film was that the script didn't carry this off very well at all and I wasn't convinced about the supposed years of failure that are stacked on top of Harry – people with such things have much more baggage than came out here. The flashbacks are reasonable interesting but are closer to melodrama than a searing tale of regret and loss, which personally I thought it should have been. The film does flit around the world which must have been a selling point for it at the time of release but it doesn't actually add much to the story or characters other than providing a different background for some scenes.

King's direction is fairly workmanlike; he enjoys the locations but the mix of his footage with stock footage doesn't sit well together – I know it is a limitation of the period but it still doesn't work. Peck is solid enough in the lead but he does the superficial things and doesn't get to grips with anything deeper or more complex. He gets no help from Hayward who is watching her husband long for women past but never appears to have any problem with this whatsoever. Gardner is pretty but again she doesn't convince in her character when asked to do anything more (seeing her in the middle of the Spanish civil war was pretty funny as well). Support from Leo G Carroll is always welcome but he doesn't have much to work with here.

Overall this is a so-so film that never fulfils its potential or is as engaging as it should have been. Instead of being complex and full of pain it is melodramatic and soapy; instead of being about the tragic souls of the characters it seems to have as much interest in stock footage and global locations. The cast give solid but superficial performances in response to this and the film never really gets a handle on any of it.


27 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 56 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed