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Trader Horn (1973)

During the First World War a Hunter and trader in Africa joins forces with a couple looking for a source of platinum try to survive while fleeing British soldiers, dealing with German slavers and troops, natives and cannibals.

Director:

Reza Badiyi

Writers:

Edward Harper, Ethelreda Lewis (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... Trader Horn
Anne Heywood ... Nicole Mercer
Jean Sorel ... Emil DuMond
Don Knight ... Colonel Sinclair
Ed Bernard Ed Bernard ... Apague
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Malugi
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Lt. Medford
Robert Miller Driscoll ... Alfredo
Solomon Karriem Solomon Karriem ... Red Sun
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Orange Stripe
Willie Harris Willie Harris ... Blue Star
Caro Kenyatta Caro Kenyatta ... Umbopa
Oliver Givens Oliver Givens ... Dancer
Curt Lowens ... Schmidt
John Siegfried John Siegfried ... German Officer
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Storyline

An African trader and big game guide is requested to escort some British troops and is threatened with arrest if he refuses. He runs off to hide out and joins a French trader and his women who are searching for the source of a native necklace made of platinum. On their trip they come across German troops who are enslaving natives and are chased by the British troops. They encounter hostile natives, leopards, and various groups of cheetahs and lions and endure a stampede, quicksand, crossing deserts and mountains. Horn is obviously interested in the Frenchman's women and saves her life a couple times and they eventually become involved. They continue on to the source of the platinum and an encounter with the Germans and finally the British troops. Lots of obvious inter-splicing of stock African wildlife footage with stage shots and sets. Written by PrairieKid

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Taglines:

In the tradition of "King Solomon's Mines" and "Mogambo." Now the greatest adventure of them all.

Genres:

Adventure | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aarresafari See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The characters go through swamps, deserts and yet every day their white shirts are shiny clean and stain free. As usual, the woman's blouse and skirt get torn and damaged to reveal more skin and yet in the final scenes her outfit is remarkably restored. See more »

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Version of Trader Horn (1931) See more »

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Trader Horn in name only
27 September 2006 | by vandino1See all my reviews

When a film credits the novel and its writer but then gives a totally different writer a "Story by" credit (in this case co-scripter Edward Harper) you know the original source has been junked. Indeed, there is almost no correlation between this film and the 1931 original or the novel. In fact, the filmmakers have simply taken the title and its main character and grafted him onto the H. Rider Haggard story of 'King Solomon's Mines.' As for the film itself, it boasts in its end credits that plenty of African locations were used... but that's mostly, if not all, Second Unit material. The actors seem to have been filmed on stage sets or at Southern California locations (wild animal park/nearby desert dunes). Lots of process screen work and indoor settings, although the African footage is good. And Rod Taylor is perfect casting as Trader Horn. You can believe him as a rough-hewn, know-it-all, wheeler-dealer and reluctant guide. Less believable is his romance with Heywood. And Don Knight, as the British commander ceaselessly hunting for Horn, whom he's branded a "traitor to England in a time of war" (it's 1916), is almost buffoonish, as if channeling Malcolm McDowell through a 'Carry On' film. The African natives are a mix of obvious Hollywood actor types and real natives (many just stock footage or Second Unit). Much of the scenic stuff doesn't match up with the actors, and the plodding story never catches fire. Why MGM felt this would be a success at the box office is hard to fathom.


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