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Hatari! Reviews

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January 11, 2018
My all time favorite movie. Ultimate childhood adventure flick. John Wayne did all the action scenes. Incredible scenery. Like my own little safari!
½ April 24, 2017
Some of the characters are likeable (not John Wayne's), and both thumbs up for the music. The rest, not so good.
March 24, 2017
Photographer Elsa Martinelli enters a boys club of Africa-based trappers supplying animals to zoos. Although the main plotline is her romance with the boss, John Wayne, the film is more family fare than romcom as animals, including cute baby elephants, play the leading role. Authentic animal capture scenes will interest some and offend others. Light and entertaining but overlong at over two and a half hours and the Duke is a little long in the tooth to be a romantic lead.
December 23, 2016
The stuff young men dream about.
December 3, 2016
Wayne & Hawks. On Blu-ray.
½ November 27, 2016
Sean Mercer (played by John Wayne) runs a business in East Africa. He and his team capture wild animals for zoos. It is dangerous work - on of his men almost dies after being gored by a rhino. He accepts a request from a photographer to join his business and capture their experiences but is very surprised, and bit inconvenienced, when the photographer turns out to be a woman. However, over time he grows fond of her. Meanwhile, plans to capture certain animals lead to all sorts of plans and adventures.

Pretty much John Wayne on safari, with a romantic twist or two, and it works pretty well. Plot development is largely fairly conventional, though the setting is very original, and stunning. However, the movie is reasonably funny, the adventures are quite entertaining and there is a decent degree of engagement with the characters. Some cute moments with the animals too, especially the baby elephants.

On that note, the movie gave the world the famous "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini.

The romantic side of the movie had the potential to weigh it down and turn it into a plodding, schmaltzy mess. Fortunately, however, the romance isn't overwrought and is kept to the minimum.

Probably the best thing about the movie is that it is set in colonial Africa and has as its main characters people who hunt animals (for capture). This is bound to freak out modern-day history revisionists, social justice warrior trolls and similar morons. And if they're unhappy, I'm happy.
Super Reviewer
½ October 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).
½ March 2, 2015
The more he likes you, the meaner he acts.

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."

Grade: C
January 18, 2015
Uno de los mejores films de aventuras.
October 26, 2014
a fun but bloated animal hijinks, screwball
December 16, 2013
Never was white man's rape and pillage of Africa told in a more joyfull manner. A very dated affair now, this movie is more of a historic document about western attitudes to Africa, animals, conservation, women, black people, international relations, nature in general, humour and many other concepts now radically different. Also some great moments about older men suddenly realising that the teenage girl they had living in their house now all of a sudden is a young woman and therefore immediately suitable for chasing round.

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.
November 29, 2013
One of my favorites for the music and live animal scenes.
September 12, 2013
watching Hatari now- I like
September 4, 2013
A fantastic adventure movie. The whole movie was great. The acting, the locations and the everything. John Wayne is definitely my favorite character besides the elephants. Such an awesome film.
June 16, 2013
I wonder why this movie isn't more popular than it is. It stars John Wayne, it's directed by Howard Hawks, one of the greats and it features an unforgettable score by Henry Mancini which includes the piece "Baby Elephant Walk" which is way more popular than this film. Add to that the fact that it's really a fun, delightful and superbly crafted film. It's about a group of men and women who make their living capturing wild African animals for zoos. Sure, it's vaguely politically incorrect (but a lot of films of this era are, though) and the animal capturing sequences may upset PeTA supporters but it still doesn't change the fact that those sequences are quite impressively shot (because they're REAL, no CGI here!) and just as rousing and exciting (and in many cases even MORE exciting) than any modern era action sequences. Oh, and it's also really, really funny! It's very light and breezy and more character than plot-driven. It's something that they hardly make any more. It's a wonderful, wonderful film. I like "Baby Elephant Walk" a whole lot more now.
March 12, 2013
I love this movie, I wish I had it
January 7, 2013
Un film como Hatari¡, ya no se hace actualmente, si, será un película de aventuras, pero es la de antaño: Humilde e Inocente; Desde casí el principio de la película te das cuenta que los personajes, no van a tener retos grandes, ni muchas dificultades (Tal vez al atrapar animales, para venderlos al Zológico). Habiendo dicho esto el film apuesta por la aventura; refrescante, divertida y emocionante (Las persecuciones de los animales con los autos son excelentemente rodadas y planificadas), las actuaciones son muy naturales y fluidas; se ve que la estaban pasando muy bien(John Wayne esta muy divertido). En fin, una película aventurera y divertida, posiblemente dura un poco mas de lo que debería, ya que la historia es sencilla, que duran 160 minutos, puede ser un poco exagerado, aun así es una gozosa y divertida aventura, que hara sacar un sonrisa (O varias)
October 11, 2012
really great movie. another example of the diversity of john wayne.
½ October 7, 2012
good non western john wayne
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