A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
Skip tracer Tommy looks for bail-jumper Lou Ann. Her crime is marrying Roy, who left counterfeit money in their mobile home and got her arrested. She leaves Roy in his pink Cadillac full of money. His psycho friends want their money back.
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
Show-business trade paper 'Variety' reported in its 31st December 1989 review: "Though the end credits note that this is 'a work of fiction' this is clearly a story about [director] 'John Huston' and the pre-production period for The African Queen (1951) (called The African Trader here). Eastwood [Clint Eastwood] plays the Huston character . . . he wears Huston clothes and hats, assumes Huston mannerisms, smokes Huston cigars and speaks with the characteristic Huston timbre." See more »
The film is set in Uganda where the main African languages are Swahili and Ganda. But the language heard on screen throughout the film is Shona, the main language spoken in Zimbabwe, which is where the film was actually shot. For instance, the racist hotel manager Harry shouts "Iwe!" meaning "You!" at an African servant, which is a derogatory way of addressing an inferior. Later when the boat is first seen as it's being hauled up a ramp, Lockhart is heard shouting "Donza!" which means "Pull!" At the safari camp, Zibelinsky addresses Kivu the chief hunter as "shamwari," meaning "friend," and he refers to Wilson as "mambo," meaning "chief." Kivu replies to a couple of their comments by first saying "tatenda," meaning "thank you," which in Shona is a polite way of acknowledging when a superior speaks to you. See more »
I would like to tell you a little story.
Oh, I love stories.
Well, you mustn't interrupt now, because you're way too beautiful to interrupt people. When I was in London in the early 40's, I was dining one evening at the Savoy with a rather select group of people, and sitting next to me was a very beautiful lady, much like yourself.
Now you're pulling my leg.
Now, just listen, dear. Well, we were dining and the bombs were falling, and we were all talking about Hitler and comparing him with ...
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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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