Former British Army Colonel Harry Black comes to the rescue of an Indian village terrorized by a ferocious Bengal tiger. During the hunt, Black comes across the wife, Chris, of Desmond Tanner, who already knew Black from a German prisoner-of-war camp in World War Two, where his cowardice during an escape cost Black his leg. Tanner now manages a tea plantation and wants to accompany Black on the hunt in order to impress his young son, Michael. Black still loves Chris, with whom he had had a brief affair when visiting her to tell her about her husband's imprisonment, and Tanner senses this. Although none of the two men openly admit it they compete against each other for Chris' love. During the hunt, Tanner again shows himself a coward.Written by
I won't cover the ground concerning the setting and the main conflict. This movie is about the theme, the importance of ethical standards in a man,the ability to make difficult decisions, personal sacrifices, moral choices, and confront danger with courage. Courage doesn't mean the absence of fear, rather the ability to suck it up when necessary.
Not unlike other movies with similar themes, such as, The Mountain, Zulu, The Ghost and The Darkness, Battle Los Angeles, and The Naked Prey, Harry Black and the Tiger deals with the personal traits inherent in the nature of men, and what separates them from adult males.
There's nothing phony in this story. The characters' true selves and motivations are laid bare like raw nerves. The tension is incredible for those who appreciate the essence of the interactions and inner struggles of the characters. If you think this movie moves too slowly, you don't get it.
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