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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 »

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Filming Locations:

Nairobi, Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Anthony Jacobs is dubbed. 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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Bob's been working on the railroad
21 November 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Taylor arrives in Africa to survey a route from Mombasa to Lake Victoria for a railroad. Of course British policy against the slave trade has some of the locals up in arms and the fact that Taylor makes it clear his company will not be permitting the transport of slaves makes him a few enemies, chiefly Gregoire Aslan the big honcho among Arab slave traders.

Taylor's got a friend in the enemy camp though. Young John Dimech came over on the boat with Taylor and he's Aslan's son, recently educated in an English prep school where he's taken in some western ideas. He hitches a ride with Taylor, Anthony Newley and Anne Aubrey on the surveying expedition. Aubrey is along to locate her father and fiancé who've disappeared into the interior.

One of the previous reviewers remarked about the good location photography in East Africa that highlights Killers of Kilimanjaro. It's my contention, expressed elsewhere in other reviews that ever since King Solomon's Mines and The African Queen, phony backlot jungles were just not going to do for the movie going public.

The story is not as good as either of those other films, but Killers of Kilimanjaro is good routine action adventure film and the cast give a good account of themselves. Anthony Newley has some funny moments as Taylor's tenderfoot assistant and Allan Cuthbertson for me stands out in the cast as Aubrey's dissolute fiancé.

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