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Hatari! (Widescreen)

John Wayne , Elsa Martinelli , Howard Hawks    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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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

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Wayne/Kruger/Martinelli/Button ~ Hatari!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rhinos and Other Horny Beasts in Africa Jan. 25 2004
There's not much this movie doesn't have. Action? Got it. Romance? Yep. Comedy? Check. Wild animals? Naturally. Punching, gunplay, explosions, and rocket blasts? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Hyena bathing and slapstick elephant chases? But of course. Shape-shifting space aliens? Okay, it doesn't have that, but it has everything else and a cast that works well together and isn't overscripted.
The story follows a season in the lives of a team of big game hunters (a catch-and-release group that works for zoos and circuses). A couple outsiders come in and the group dynamic changes; the young girl of the group is suddenly all grown up and a love triangle (later a quadrangle) forms and resolves itself; the group's leader has to choose between letting go of the past or missing the relationship of a lifetime; and then there's the horrible rhino curse that must be broken. In lesser hands, it would all be a "very special episode" of Little House on the Savanna, but Howard Hawks masterfully directs his cast and winds up with some incredible footage of the African plains and its wildlife as well. Add in an excellent score by Henry Mancini, and you are really drawn into the action; the whimsical "Baby Elephant Walk" provides a nice break from the tension - you know nothing bad can happen once the calliope starts up, so just sit back and enjoy the fun.
John Wayne keeps his swagger and drawl mostly in check, but Buttons' physical comedy is a little overeager. Still, the remaining 98% of the film is on target in tone and balance. The scenes between lovelorn Martinelli and Buttons feel genuine, the animal herding and capture scenes feel dangerous, the rhino goring and dislocated shoulder repair feel painful, and your arteries begin to clog at the mention of codfish cakes deep-fried in antelope fat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remembered Oct. 28 2013
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I saw this movie as a child and remembered it as being very entertaining. Seeing it now on DVD was a great thrill. The video and audio quality were excellent, and it was as if I was watching it in the theatre again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great John Wayne movie Sept. 11 2013
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This is a lovely movie filmed in Africa - great scenes and you see lots of live action with the animals of Africa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Step back in time! July 5 2009
If you love John Wayne then you will definitely have fun watching this movie! Not his typical fare, but still okay. If you are looking for a shoot 'em up, this one is not for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne Classic Feb. 22 2004
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I saw this movie as a kid. I now own it for reasons of it being a good quality dvd and also its significance of it being shot in my home town of Arusha, Tanzania (specially the last scenes).
The comedy is good, though a long movie to watch in one sitting.
The authentic animal chase scenes by John Wayne and team make it worth while including buttons comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hawks' African 'Buddy' Film a Wayne Classic! Dec 4 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars what a life! Nov. 25 2003
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This is the only movie I have ever known where, evry one of the dozens of times I have watched it, I wish I could step into the screen and share this adventure with the characters. The beauty of the East African landscape, the adrenaline and excitement of the hunt, the international group of friends (2 white Americans, 1 Native American, 1 German, 1 Frenchman, 1 Mexican, 1 French woman and 1 Italian woman) who obviously enjoy their friendship as much as they enjoy their job. I watch and wish it was real and wish I was part of it.
Old fashioned adventure, great early sixties style music from Mancini. Actually, in many ways, this film is VERY 1962, the music, the dialogue, the attitudes all fit in with the big living days of the Rat Pack. I'll never get tired of this movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars At least with the VHS version you can catch a sandwich
The name of the movie almost sounds "African". This is one of John Wayne's `travelogue movies' as I have come to call them. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Story -- Breathtaking Scenery
I first saw Hatari! in a drive-in as a child, and was utterly enchanted by the scenery, Henry Mancini's award winning music, Red Button's comedy, and that hunk Hardy Kruger. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by R. K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie and it has Pockets!
John Wayne goes to africa to capture big game for museums. This movie is solid family entertainment. It is fun on several fronts. Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by JediMack
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy (or cowboys?) in Africa
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by Chrijeff
4.0 out of 5 stars A one of a kind movie
A big highlight of most of the vacations our family has taken over the years have been to zoos. Though the PETA people may not agree, to enjoy these zoos one has to accept that... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by elvistcob@lvcm.com
5.0 out of 5 stars All-Time Favorite
I love to watch movies with animals and when I happened across this movies years ago, I absolutely loved it! I'm a huge John Wayne fan and feel he did a great job in this movie. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2002 by Melinda
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