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Hannibal Brooks (1969)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Adventure, War | 30 March 1969 (UK)
A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.


Michael Winner


Michael Winner (original story), Tom Wright (original story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Stephen 'Hannibal' Brooks
Michael J. Pollard ... Packy
Wolfgang Preiss ... Col. von Haller
John Alderton ... Bernard
Helmuth Lohner ... Willi (as Helmut Lohner)
Peter Carsten ... Kurt
Karin Baal ... Vronia
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Dr. Mendel
Jürgen Draeger ... Sami (as Jurgen Draeger)
Maria Brockerhoff ... Anna
Til Kiwe ... Von Haller's Sergeant
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ... Elephant Keeper Kellerman (as Ernst Fritz Furbringer)
Erik Jelde Erik Jelde ... Zoo Director Stern (as Eric Jelde)
Fred Haltiner Fred Haltiner ... Josef
John Porter-Davison John Porter-Davison ... Geordie (as John Porter Davison)


In WW2, captured British soldier Stephen Brooks is on a prison train to Germany.On the train he meets an American prisoner, Packy, who's obsessed with escaping.Brooks tries to temper Packy and reminds him that escaped prisoners are shot if recaptured.Packy is insistent despite Brooks' warnings. On arrival at the POW camp Stalag 7A, Brooks and other fellow POWs are sent to work at the local Munich zoo, to care for the animals.Brooks is assigned to care for Lucy the elephant.The German caretaker in charge of Lucy is asked to train Brooks in his new job.At first, Brooks hates the assignment, considering the large amount of animal waste to be cleaned daily.However, he eventually becomes attached to Lucy the elephant.After a devastating bombing raid that kills some of the animals and zoo staff it is decided to evacuate the surviving animals.Lucy is scheduled to be transported by train to Innsbruck, Austria.On the departure day, the train is commandeered by a moody SS Colonel, for his ... Written by nufs68

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It's a suspense story. It's a comedy story. It's a war story. It's a warm story. It's a wild story. It's a love story. It's a moving story. It's an elephant story. It's a super story. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some war violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


During production, a stunt driver careered into a group of German tourists, injuring a 19 year old boy who had to be hospitalised. Michael Winner responded to the incident, "That's one back for the six million". See more »


Stephen 'Hannibal' Brooks: [Looking through a hole in the side of the wagon] On a clear day, you can see Mussolini.
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Referenced in In Confidence: Michael Winner (2012) See more »

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A road movie with a difference!
14 January 1999 | by Alberto-7See all my reviews

What can you say about a war movie where an elephant crosses the Alps? It's silly but a heck of a lot of fun. The scenery is gorgeous, the acting is light and the action sequences are top notch. Oliver Reed is perfectly cast as our hero Brooks. He has played so many villain roles that it's great to see him play a nice guy for a change. The beautiful Austrian scenery steals the show. Somehow every time we see a breathtaking view of the mountains, we forget we're watching a war movie. The war is shown in a very comedic way(especially all of Michael J. Pollard's scenes, which are priceless) and this works to some extent. The comedy never goes overboard (a fine balance is kept throughout the film). A good example of this is the final action sequence at the border crossing which is exciting and well played with a nice dash of humour thrown in. At many times we are required to check our disbelief at the door but this is such a good natured movie that we don't really care.We root for our heroes to make it to safety, all the way to the end, without ever really wondering if they will make it, but that's part of the film's charm. Overall a great movie to see on a cold winter day.

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English | German

Release Date:

30 March 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hannibal Brooks See more »

Filming Locations:

Tulfes, Tirol, Austria See more »

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Production Co:

Scimitar Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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