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Hatari! (Widescreen)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, Red Buttons, Gérard Blain
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Harry Kurnitz, Leigh Brackett
  • Producers: Howard Hawks, Paul Helmick
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • Release Date: May 6 2005
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JSGK
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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.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on April 20 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase

Hatari! arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC @ 33.49 Mbps 1080p 1.78:1 encode. This transfer is extremely poor. The colours are weak and undersaturated. Detail is weak and inconsistent. Worst of all, sharpening has been applied throughout the image, resulting in digital noise and harshness. This electronic sharpening destroys any semblance of a film-like image. Even a relatively high bit-rate of 33.49 Mbps did not save this transfer disaster. It really did a great dis-service to Russell Harlan's (To Kill a Mockingbird) colour cinematography for Hatari! which was nominated for an Oscar. (2/5)


Hatari!'s original mono track has been presented as lossless Dolby TrueHD 2.0, with identical front and left right channels, and it's an effective track with good dynamic range and surprisingly powerful impact, especially during the dramatic chase sequences. When fierce animals like the rhino crash into the moving vehicles, the sound may not spread throughout the room, but it's enough to convey the danger. Many of the animal cries had to be imitated and dubbed by game experts and zoo collectors, because wild creatures don't emote on cue, but the various cries, growls and bellows sound convincing, and the human dialogue is clear. Henry Mancini's score is the highlight of the audio. Listening to Baby Elephant Walk and Theme From Hatari really brings back many happy memories. If you are interested in the movie soundtrack, Hatari! (a rare find) is found in Henry Mancini’s Eight Classic Albums box set. (4/5)


1 Hatari! was Paramount’s highest gross film in 1962.
2 Hatari! means Danger in Swahili.
3 Composer Henry Mancini wrote a brief piece of incidental music to go with a scene where a baby elephant is taken for a walk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Fournier on May 18 2014
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Fascinating glimpse at the past where drunk driving was okay.
This movie never let's its foot off the accelerator, and while a bit childish by today's mores, it's always engaging.
Fine performances from all involved, brilliant camera work throughout.
Classic Hollywood ending.
I keep watching it, and the bluray is a worthwhile step up from the dvd.
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HATARI! may be the most enjoyable of the Howard Hawks/John Wayne collaborations (their other pairings produced the classics RED RIVER and RIO BRAVO, and the RIO BRAVO 'remakes' EL DORADO and RIO LOBO), and is exceptional in several ways; at 157 minutes (2 hours, 37 minutes), it may be one of the longest 'buddy' films ever made; nearly all of the animal 'chase and capture' sequences involved the actual cast members (professional handlers serving as stunt doubles were only rarely used); and the filming began with virtually no script (which was written based on the 'on location' footage in Africa, after the cast returned to California). At 65, director Hawks was still in top form, and the risks he took paid off...HATARI!, despite it's length, is never boring!
The story focuses on a season with a team of professional hunter/trappers, capturing animals for zoos and circuses. With a breathtaking opening scene of a rhino chase, costing them the use of veteran driver, 'Indian' (legendary actor Bruce Cabot), the 'family' dynamic is quickly established, with rugged Sean Mercer (Wayne) both boss and father-figure to the group. As he and the rest of the 'family' (Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger, Valentin de Vargas, and Michèle Girardon) meet 'Indian's' replacement, 'Chips' (Gérard Blain), Mercer has an even bigger headache to deal with; beautiful photographer Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro (Elsa Martinelli) has arrived, to shoot a magazine spread. A 'traditional' Hawks leading lady, 'Dallas' is feisty, sultry, and attracted to Mercer, and the older man, uncomfortable with the ease by which she fits into the group, as well as his own stirrings, tries to make it clear that romance has no place on his agenda (in much the same manner as he did with Angie Dickinson in RIO BRAVO...
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As in "The Hellfighters," the Duke here explicates a little-known modern profession, in this case that of wild-animal catcher for zoos, film companies, laboratories, and the like. He plays Sean Mercer, the senior "hunter" in a multinational group based somewhere in East Africa and working for the daughter (Giardon) of their old (French) boss. Complications begin when The Indian (Cabot), one of the most experienced men in the group, is gored by a rhino, and continue when an arrogant young Frenchman (Blain) tries to muscle in as his replacement while he's in the hospital. Then a newcomer (Martinelli) arrives at the farm: an Italian photojournalist who neglected to mention, during negotiations, that she was female. She and Sean enact "The Taming of the Shrew" for the rest of the film, while Pockets (Buttons), the company's driver, struggles to overcome his shy devotion to boss-lady Brandy. Filmed on location, the movie includes some heart-pounding animal-chase scenes (watch those rhinos!), splendid scenery (you'll gape when you see the open-air well used by the Masai), and liberal humor (Dallas and the baby elephants, her "adoption" by the local native tribe, and Pockets' scheme to bag several hundred monkeys in one go). One of the few films that has to be packaged as a double-VHS set, this epic comedy-adventure should be popular with all ages.
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