The world famous movie Director John Wilson (Clint Eastwood) 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
George Dzundza and Jeff Fahey had recently appeared in Impulse (1990) which was directed by Clint Eastwood's then soon-to-be ex Sondra Locke, who said of the casting: "It was especially strange as Clint had bad-mouthed them to me when I originally cast them in Impulse. About George he said, "I don't know why you want to cast him as a cop. He's fat!" About Jeff he said, "Why would you cast that 'pretty boy'." See more »
In the scene where the first day of shooting is interrupted by rain, the rain was created using a special rig, which is a common practice in film in order to make sure there's rain on schedule. During the shot where Lockhart talks about the rainy season, in the background you can clearly see that the wet ground reaches a sudden end a few metres away and beyond it everything is perfectly dry. See more »
Goodbye, you worthless son of a bitch. Goodbye, you pearl of Central East Africa. Goodbye, you lake flies. Goodbye, you flat-chested, bucktoothed women. Goodbye, forever.
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This film is based on a book by Peter Viertel who worked with Huston on a number of projects. He shares writing credit with Huston on We Were Strangers. The book and film give us Viertel's version of what it was like to work with the great John Huston on The African Queen. Viertel finally bailed out and Huston and cast somehow managed to create a masterpiece. Eastwood plays the fictional representation of Huston to the hilt, creating one of his most memorable roles. This is a film that you have to work at. If you know a little of the history, though, it is well worth seeing.
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