Howard Hawks teams up with John Wayne (again) in a romantic comedy about professional game hunters in Africa who don't use bullets; instead they capture the animals with strong ropes and cameras for zoos and circus attractions. In addition to a fine supporting cast including Elsa Martinelli and Red Buttons, the film features a sparkling Henry Mancini musical score that includes the bouncy hit, \"Baby Elephant Walk.\"\n\"Hatari! ... may mean 'danger in Swahili' ... but as unreeled in splendid color, it simply stands for rhinos and romance and giraffes and girls.... Mr. Hawks and his photographers ... have also come up with sweeping vistas of tawny Tanganyika plains surrounded by cloud-covered mountains that are breathtaking, and their shots of a tree full of chattering monkeys, racing zebras, ostriches, elands and gnus, as well as the three baby elephants who playfully charge through the streets of Arusha, give the wildlife its due.\"-NYTimes
Howard Hawks's 1962 adventure-comedy is basically the same, loosely plotted movie Hawks made over and over again for decades. A collection of professionals with a common goal--in this case, animal trapping in Tanganyika--forms a pocket community and holds each other to high standards in their work. This is a film about camaraderie, crisp banter, romance, and exciting action (the animal sequences are great). John Wayne played this part in about a thousand ways for Hawks over the years, and he could not be more entertaining as a grizzled pro. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
\Christmas gift for my wife one of her favorite movies of all times.Published 10 months ago by Peter Turcotte
Wonderful old movie, brought back memories when we used to watch this on VHS. Well done.Published 12 months ago by Tara C. Vivian
Great - brought back many childhood memories! Quality was not bad! Hoped for better clarityPublished 12 months ago by Mark Hornig
The DVD is of the wrong format (region). I already returned it for either exchange or refund! I did not receive an acknowledgement!Published 13 months ago by Kenneth K. Au
This movie can appear to be dated, as we are more sensitive about the capture of rare animals now, however, zoos are important in rare animal conservation, so perhaps not as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Sharon
I saw this movie as a child and remembered it as being very entertaining. Seeing it now on DVD was a great thrill. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Client Amazon