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The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

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


Henry King, Roy Ward Baker (uncredited)


Casey Robinson (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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 ... Spanish Dancer


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>

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


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


When a hippo attacks a small boat such as a dugout, they don't merely bump the end of it. Rather, they swim under it and flip it over. See more »


Harry Street: Oh, I've lived, all right; but, where has it got me? To a camp in Africa with you: my rich, beautiful wife. Before you, how many others? That's traveling alone - in a pig's eye.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gregory Peck (1962) See more »


Blue Mountain
Music by Alfred Newman
Played by Benny Carter
(This melody is also known as "Love Is Cynthia" and is dedicated "To Ava")
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Ernest Hemingway's life and loves , being well incarnated by Gregory Peck
18 May 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A successful writer (Gregory Peck) lays gravely injured and almost dying from an African hunting accident on the Kilimanjaro's skirts . He remembers his past life and women through numerous flashbacks set in Paris (Montparnasse) , Spain (during civil war) and Africa (Kenya , Kilimanjaro) . Peck's relationship with various lovers (Ava Gardner , Hildegard Nef , Susan Hayward , and Gene Tierney , Anne Francis were also considered for these roles) are the spotlights of the movie , while in a safari tent he is awaiting medical attention to save his gangrenous body and caring him Susan Hayward .

It is an Ernest Hemingway's autobiography based on short tales , specially two novels : ¨Fiesta¨ and ¨Farewell to the arms¨, as the film creates a pastiche where is reflected the author's life . The main yarn about Africa develops an original structure in which other stories emerge . The motion picture has spectacular sets and wonderful outdoors , although there are some stock-shot from Africa . The warlike scenario is good , it's very well shot the Spanish civil warfare , we don't know if it's the battle of Guadalajara , Madrid , Teruel o Ebro , but sure that is referred to anyone those terrible wars . The picture has a little bit boring and being slow moving , in spite of different scenarios , thus it is developed in Africa , Spain , France and other European countries . Nice acting by Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner is attractive and enjoyable . Gregory Peck resisted taking the role because an earlier Ernest Hemingway adaptation he had appeared in , as ¨The Macomber affair¨ (1947) had been a box-office flop . Support cast is frankly good , such as : Hildegard Knef , Leo G. Carroll , Torin Thatcher and Marcel Dalio .

Leom Shamroy's cinematography is stylized and colorful , as it is brilliantly shown in the African landscapes and the episode of bullfights spectacle . Nevertheless , there was some adequate second unit work shot in Kenya , the main actors shot their African scenes in Hollywood . The classic musician Bernard Hermann composes a romantic and agreeable musical score .The motion picture was uneven though professionally directed by Henry King . The movie will appeal to romantic drama enthusiasts and Gregory Peck , Ava Gardner fans.

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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 »


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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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