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Hatari!

Hatari! (1962)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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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

Jul 24, 2001

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (7) | DVD (8)

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

May 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A broader canvas for the interaction of comedy and drama than its immediate predecessor (Rio Bravo), this is both discursive and leisurely.

May 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

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

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Richly entertaining, with vivid characters.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

The story is nothing more than a poor excuse for what Hawks really seems to be interested in presenting--big-game chases over the Kenyan veldt. These sequences are so well done that they save this otherwise-tepid film.

May 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Colorful John Wayne Africa-based yarn w/slapstick, adventure, animals, and great Mancini score.

March 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Hawks continues to explore his favorite themes--professional conduct and male camaraderie--in this African travelogue abouyt an international team of animals catchers, headed by John Wayne. Though plotless, the film is visually compelling.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Overlong [!]

August 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Exciting remake of Red Dust with exceptional African photography

July 7, 2005
Film Journal International

The Duke dukes it out with African animals.

January 1, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Cute elephants.

November 23, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Too long, but highly entertaining personality film

September 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Corny but vastly entertaining with terrific wildlife photography and a great score by Henry Mancini

August 12, 2002
Reeling Reviews

John Wayne stars in an African travelogue.

August 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A 159-minute romantic comedy, set in Africa and starring John Wayne? Quite an idea they had there...

July 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It sets a pace, keeps it up for the whole time, and gives us a sense of danger and excitement, plus a taste of life that special effects can't give us.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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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.
October 17, 2011
ironclad1609

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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.
December 16, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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Solid Howard Hawks comedy/adventure. Extra points for catching all of the monkeys with a rocket.

This movie is where "Baby Elephant Walk" by Mancini first appeared
September 3, 2007
kenstachnik

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    1. Sean Mercer: Let's go, start out easy.
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