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Hatari!

1962, Adventure, 2h 39m

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A Tanganyka-based group of hunters (Red Buttons, Hardy Kruger, Gérard Blain) led by Sean Mercer (John Wayne) trap wild African animals for zoos. A curvaceous reporter (Elsa Martinelli) documents their exploits while having epic clashes with the gruff Irishman. She is initially frozen out of the testosterone-filled group until her strong-willed personality endears her to the men.

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John Wayne
Sean Mercer
Elsa Martinelli
Anna Maria "Dallas" D'Allesandro
Hardy Krüger
Kurt Muller
Gérard Blain
Charles "Chips" Maurey
Michèle Girardon
Brandy de la Court
Bruce Cabot
Little Wolf, aka The Indian
Valentin de Vargas
Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez
Eduard Franz
Dr. Sanderson
Henry Scott
Sikh Clerk
Sam Harris
Man in Store
Leigh Brackett
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  • Feb 24, 2022
    If you can look past the dated material (which there is a fair amount of) there's a lot of enjoyment to be found in this wonderfully meandering character hangout. Even on vacation Hawks could make a coherent and enjoyable movie out of the thinnest of concepts.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2015
    A plotless (and interminable) travelogue that seems more like a cheap excuse for Hawks to spend vacation in Africa, and it is hard to empathize with hunters working to catch animals for zoos (I was rooting for the rhinos) but at least the characters are charismatic (despite the casual sexism).
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2010
    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 O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2009
    This is a tough one. All concerns for animal safety and cruelty aside, I enjoyed this colourful adventure film for its fine and hearty performances, tangible off-screen
    Henrik S Super Reviewer

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