Hatari! (1962)



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Hatari! is Swahili for "danger"--and also the word for action, adventure and broad comedy in this two-fisted Howard Hawks effort. John Wayne stars as the head of a daring Tanganyka-based group which captures wild animals on behalf of the world's zoos. Hardy Kruger, Gérard Blain and Red Buttons are members of Wayne's men-only contingent, all of whom are reduced to jello when the curvaceous Elsa Martinelli enters the scene. In tried and true Howard Hawks fashion, Martinelli quickly becomes "one of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Kurnitz, Leigh Brackett
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On DVD: Jul 24, 2001
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Critic Reviews for Hatari!

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

The strapping physique of the film unhappily emphasizes the anemic condition of the story streaming within.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
Top Critic

A broader canvas for the interaction of comedy and drama than its immediate predecessor (Rio Bravo), this is both discursive and leisurely.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This late masterpiece (1962) by Howard Hawks transcends every literary value in the book to become a brilliantly entertaining and insightful work of pure cinema.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
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All in all, one of those rare films that genuinely constitutes a 'late masterpiece'.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Perhaps the accent on the trapping of free-roaming critters for use in zoos is a mite too heavy, but this aspect of African business rates the attention it receives here.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Richly entertaining, with vivid characters.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Hatari!


Howard Hawk's classic safari adventure may be set in Africa and have plenty of huge scenes of men in cars chasing down animals. If you take that away, it is basically a romantic comedy, though. It is highly amusing to see what men turn into when a new female enters their territory and the little fights that causes. The lovable characters and light-hearted mood of the film make for a very entertaining experience. While the action sequence of the animal hunts do get a bit repetitive, they are still impressively filmed, look and feel real without a lot of special effect that'd probably be used today. The film easily could have been 15 minutes shorter, but it's still a lovable and charming experience to spend two hours with that crew of characters.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

I'd like to see a lot more John Wayne movies in the future, but for now this is the only one I know I've seen right off the bat, and I enjoyed it a lot. It has a sort of love story to it, but the parts I remember most are when Wayne and the others are chasing a bunch of animals. It's like a fast-paced African safari!

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Great film, still enjoyable, with a fine blend of action, romance, and comedy with John wayne in Africa for zoo-supplying animal hunting. And Red Buttons is so funny guy.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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