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Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959)

In the 19th century,during the German colonial rule,railway engineer Robert Adamson arrives in the Kilimanjaro Region to finish building a railroad through hostile territory.


Richard Thorpe


Earl Felton (screenplay), John Gilling (screenplay) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Robert Taylor ... Robert Adamson
Anthony Newley ... Hooky Hook
Anne Aubrey ... Jane Carlton
Grégoire Aslan ... Ben Ahmed
Allan Cuthbertson ... Sexton
Martin Benson ... Ali
Orlando Martins ... Chief
Donald Pleasence ... Captain
John Dimech ... Pasha
Martin Boddey ... Gunther
Earl Cameron ... Witchdoctor
Harry Baird ... Boraga
Anthony Jacobs Anthony Jacobs ... Mustaph


At the end of the 19th century,during the German colonial rule,railway engineer Robert Adamson is sent to the Kilimanjaro Region to find out why the railroad construction works have stalled.On the ship taking him to Africa he meets a young East African boy,Pasha, returning home to Africa from his school in the UK.Adamson also meets a young woman,Jane Carlton,traveling to East Africa to find her missing father who was one of the railroad engineers. Adamson strikes a strong friendship with both.He promises to the young native boy a ride on the train once the railroad is completed and also promises to the young lady to help her find her missing father.Once he arrives in Africa, Adamson finds out that a competing German railroad company will cause him trouble and prevent him from finishing his railroad.He also finds out that his planned route for the new railroad is passing through some very unfriendly and dangerous native tribal areas.On top of everything he still has to help Miss Jane ... Written by nufs68

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Release Date:

24 September 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Killers of Kilimanjaro See more »

Filming Locations:

Nairobi, Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)


Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was originally intended to be an Alan Ladd starring vehicle. See more »


In one scene in the village, the native men are dancing. The close shots show Pasha happily bobbing to the music, but the far shots show him motionless. See more »


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KILLERS OF KILIMANJARO (Richard Thorpe, 1959) **1/2
22 March 2009 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This British-made safari adventure is yet another outing from Warwick Films (which would eventually evolve into Eon Productions with the James Bond series); although the title itself is meaningless, the plot awfully thin and the budget evidently restrained, the end results are quite pleasant and handsome to look at (despite the panning-and-scanning from the original 'Scope ratio). American Robert Taylor fills in the required "fading Hollywood star" spot for added marquee' value, while fetching redhead Anne Aubrey and amiably clumsy Anthony Newley – both reunited from the same team's THE BANDIT OF ZHOBE (1959; a screening of which, coincidentally, also came about for me on the same day I acquired this one!) are the proverbial young up-and-coming stars. While Taylor is ostensibly a railroad engineer accompanying Aubrey to seek out her long-lost father and fiancée (Allan Cuthbertson) in dangerous Warusha country, there is hardly a train in sight throughout the film but instead as much actual animal footage as their (limited) resources could buy. The cast is rounded-up by a would-be villainous Gregoire Aslan, his spunky son played by our very own John Dimech, (who joins Taylor's expedition and, bizarrely, orders the African porters around in his native Maltese tongue for a while but then swaps for what sounds like gibberish passing for authentic Swahili!), Martin Benson (as a treacherous head porter), Martin Boddey (as a rival German railroad engineer) and, very early on, Donald Pleasence as a ship's captain. It was amusing for me to watch Dimech sharing scenes with Newley and Pleasence since both these two stalwarts would themselves come to Malta – in the late 1960s (controversially) and early 1980s (obscurely, although I did manage to catch a glimpse of him drinking at the bar of a local Band Club) respectively!

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