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Hatari! (Widescreen)

John Wayne , Elsa Martinelli , Howard Hawks    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 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 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 Cowboy (or cowboys?) in Africa Feb. 6 2003
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A one of a kind movie Sept. 23 2002
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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 people need to catch these animals in the wild to make it work. While breeding in the zoos does help, there still needs to be a fresh supply from the wild.
While the plot is fairly standard, the reason I titled this "one of a kind" refers to the type of work that is done. This is about the people who catch animals for circuses and zoos. It was shot forty years ago, and while the politics of the time are a bit different, the action of the movie is terrifically exciting throughout.
These were the days long before computer-enchanced graphics, which would have been used had the movie been done today. No, these are real wild animals. Since I doubt that the animals used can be trained for this type of work, I have to conclude that the footage is real, and that real wild animals that didn't want to be caught were used.
So we get scenes involving giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and one or two kinds I'm not able to identify. We also get to see genuine interraction with baby elephants, a cheetah, and even a hyena. With all the animals, it works great both as a family film which can also be viewed at an adult level.
The adult level takes a bit away from a higher rating of what is still a very fine film. It seems that EVERYONE smokes ALL THE TIME, at least when they're not getting plastered drunk. The occasional fighting stunts are not done well, and some of the dubbing could have been done better. And with all the action with the animals, it really didn't need a love story, but the movie seems to think it was important to hook up the only females in the cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How times have changed! Aug. 15 2002
I ran across this movie by accident on late nite TV -- and I loved it! Hatari is East Africa 40 years ago. There's no plot to speak of. John Wayne heads a team that chases down and catches animals to sell to zoos. They carry guns -- but they don't shoot anything; they smoke and drink to excess and eat lots of fatty foods (crab cakes fried in antelope fat!); they drive old beat-up jeeps and land rovers and they don't wear seatbelts -- and when they roll a jeep they pick everybody up and dust them off instead of calling a doctor (or a lawyer); the men are dumb and tough and lovable and honest and the women are smart and competent and sexy and honest -- and they don't have to prove anything to anybody.
There's no way you could make this movie now. These guys lasso real animals -- giraffes and rhinos and zebras -- and wrestle them to the ground and put them in cages. The animals were probably not amused. But Hatari was politically correct in its day. Wayne's team includes a German, a Frenchman, an American Indian, a Spaniard, and an Italian femme fatale and they all get along pretty well. The Africans in the movie are called boys and there's not a hint that they might prefer to be called something else, like Mr. or Sir.

The scenery is marvelous, the photography fabulous, the music cute, the comedy stupid, the love scenes corny, and the animal capture scenes are fascinating. So this is how zoos get their animals....
Hatari is an idealized Africa of Bwanas and boys. Today, I suppose we're safer, happier, healthier, etc., but living in the shadow of Kilimanjaro and chasing animals around sure looks like a lot of fun.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD is of the wrong format (region). I ...
The DVD is of the wrong format (region). I already returned it for either exchange or refund! I did not receive an acknowledgement!
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth K. Au
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Action
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 more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remembered
I saw this movie as a child and remembered it as being very entertaining. Seeing it now on DVD was a great thrill. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Standup Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great John Wayne movie
This is a lovely movie filmed in Africa - great scenes and you see lots of live action with the animals of Africa.
Published 12 months ago by oskarsmyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Step back in time!
If you love John Wayne then you will definitely have fun watching this movie! Not his typical fare, but still okay. Read more
Published on July 5 2009 by V. Kapsha
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne Classic
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Karim Halai
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhinos and Other Horny Beasts in Africa
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? Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by C. T. Mikesell
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 what a life!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003
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
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