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Hatari! (1962)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 19 June 1962 (USA)
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A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways.


Howard Hawks


Leigh Brackett (screenplay), Harry Kurnitz (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Sean Mercer
Hardy Krüger ... Kurt Muller (as Hardy Kruger)
Elsa Martinelli ... Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro / Mama Tembo
Red Buttons ... Pockets
Gérard Blain ... Charles 'Chips' Maurey (as Gerard Blain)
Bruce Cabot ... Little Wolf aka The Indian
Michèle Girardon ... Brandy de la Court (as Michele Girardon)
Valentin de Vargas ... Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez
Eduard Franz ... Dr. Sanderson
Queenie Leonard ... Nurse (scenes deleted)


Sean Mercer (played by John Wayne) runs a business in East Africa. He and his team capture wild animals for zoos. It is dangerous work - one of his men almost dies after being gored by a rhino. He accepts a request from a photographer to join his business and capture their experiences but is very surprised, and bit inconvenienced, when the photographer turns out to be a woman. However, over time he grows fond of her. Meanwhile, plans to capture certain animals lead to all sorts of plans and adventures. Written by grantss

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Danger! Excitement! Romance! See more »


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Paramount's highest-grossing film of 1962. See more »


When the giraffe is finally caught and the catch car is slowing down, there is what appears to be a post with a sign on it in the middle of the field. See more »


[first lines]
Sean Mercer: [over two-way radio] Kurt, can you hear me?
Kurt Muller: Go ahead, Sean.
Sean Mercer: At about eleven o'clock... right in the middle of that herd of wildebeest - see him?
Kurt Muller: Oh, that's a good one.
Sean Mercer: Let's go; start out easy.
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Referenced in Big Jake (1971) See more »


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Geography, blankets, and Swahili
12 December 2006 | by Tangman2005See all my reviews

Since I recently spent two weeks in Tanzania, I wanted to add some information to the reviews that have already been posted. These comments are mostly related to geography. The film credits state that it was shot in Tanganyika. Tanganyika joined with the island of Zanzibar in 1964, the year after Zanzibar gained independence, and adopted the name Tanzania. So, we can now say that "Hatari!" was filmed in Tanzania. In the opening rhino chase, the vast, stream intersected plain with the lush green hills in the back ground is most probably in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro Crater is the floor of a huge, collapsed volcano. The inside of the crater is approximately 10 by 16 kilometers and is surrounded by the remnants of the crater which are 600 meters high. After the accident John Wayne's character radios "Arusha Control". He mentions that it will take 5 hours to "get out of this crater" and drive to Arusha. Arusha is also in Tanzania. The Arusha Clock Tower is visible at least twice in the "chase scene" near the end of the film, confirming that filming was indeed done in Arusha. Snow capped Mount Kilmanjaro is visible in the distance at 41 minutes into the film as "the Frenchman" walks into the compound. The next time we see a shot in that direction, Kili is hidden by clouds. It is perhaps interesting to note that the Maisii in Northern Tanzania now wear "Maasai blankets" that are factory made. In "Hatari!" they are wearing ocher colored cloth. There is some Swahili spoken in the film. "Hatari!" is a great film to look at either before or after a trip to Northern Tanzania.

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English | Swahili

Release Date:

19 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tanganyika See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Manyara, Manyara, Tanzania See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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