A group of men led by Sean Mercer live in Africa and catch wildlife for zoos and the circus. A beautiful wildlife reporter named Anna arrives and starts talking to the men about their ways. Will she leave an everlasting footprint on their operations or will business continue as usual?
"I had a bath with a cheetah and three men."
Howard Hawks, director of His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, Bringing Up Baby, I was a Male War Bride, Monkey Business, and The Road to Glory, delivers Hatari. The storyline for this picture is just okay but contains an interesting love story. I did enjoy the characters and animals and the acting was better than average. The cast includes John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Kruger, Red Buttons, Bruce Cabot, and Eduard Franz.
"How do you like to kiss?"
I grabbed this off Netflix because I thought it would be interesting to see Wayne in this setting. This was a very average picture that could have been better but was fun for what it was, Overall, this isn't a classic and I would only watch it if you're a fan of Wayne.
"I think you like slow better."
Despite all of this the cruel hunting scenes have a strange drawing power and the funny people with their funny attitudes are still quite interesting and there is a strange attraction to their lifestyle although you wouldn;t want to be the white Bwana yourself, getting the primitives to pillage their land for you in exchange for a few boxes of cigarettes. Howard Hawks was a great filmmaker and the action scenes show this really well, but it's all from a bygone era.
Another huge surprise was throughout the film i kept being surprised at how much it reminded me of some of the sequences in Jurassic Park 2....very interesting.
The movie is never ever dull...and very funny / surprising.