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White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Wilson
... Pete Verrill
Charlotte Cornwell ... Miss Wilding, Wilson's Secretary
Norman Lumsden ... Butler George
... Paul Landers
... Reissar - a British Partner (as Edward Tudor Pole)
Roddy Maude-Roxby ... Thompson, British Partner
... Basil Fields, British Partner
John Rapley ... Gun Shop Salesman
Catherine Neilson ... Irene Saunders
... Kay Gibson, Film Star
Richard Vanstone ... Phil Duncan, Film Star
Jamie Koss ... Mrs. Duncan
Anne Dunkley ... Scarf Girl in Nightclub Show
David Danns ... Bongo Man in Nightclub Show
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The world famous movie director John Wilson has gone to Africa to make his next movie. He is an obstinate, contrary director who'd rather hunt elephants than take care of his crew or movie. He has become obsessed with one particular elephant and cares for nothing else. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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An adventure in obsession...

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Adventure | Drama

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Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cazador blanco, corazón negro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,450, 16 September 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,319,124
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released 39 years after The African Queen (1951) movie first launched. See more »

Goofs

The map detailing the crew's trip by plane from England to Uganda shows Germany with pre-WWII borders. The movie is set around 1950. See more »

Quotes

John Wilson: Wake me up if we crash into the mountain. I wouldn't want to miss that.
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Massa's In de Cold Cold Ground
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Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by Lennie Niehaus
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creator's block
29 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

On one level, this film is a failure: It's a fictionalized knock-off of the behind-the-scenes machinations of the making of "The African Queen" with Bogart & Hepburn directed by John Huston. This surface level is not so enthralling. On a second level, the level I believe the artists really wanted to put across, it isn't so enthralling either. Nevertheless, they are to be commended for attempting something unusual: An effort to show the creative process -- and the fears lurking within barring the fruition of art, often at great costs to health and personal relationships. In ranking Eastwood's films, this film falls below "Unforgiven", "Million Dollar Baby", "Bird" or "The Bridges of Madison County", but the subtext here raises its status. A must-see for the serious artist or wannabe.


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