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Mogambo (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Clark Gable , Grace Kelly , John Ford    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This remake of the 1932 Red Dust is famous for using the very same romantic leading man--21 years after the fact. But when that leading man is Clark Gable, what's a little gray hair in the temples? Gable was certainly still the great strutting rooster of American movies in 1953, when Mogambo made him a safari guide juggling two much younger women. First up is good-time girl Ava Gardner, who's game for a little harmless romp with Gable after she gets stood up by a playboy in the African jungle. But when Grace Kelly--the proper wife of a visiting anthropologist (Donald Sinden)--arrives on the scene, a new affair begins. The location shooting is much in the vein of King Solomon's Mines, although the story is much more intimate. This feels like a bit of a holiday for Hollywood's top director, John Ford, and not one of his most committed pictures. Still, Ford's unparalleled eye for backlit exteriors and for the way people move around in rooms is on display, even when the script wobbles. People always joke about Gable being too old for this movie, but that doesn't take into account his durable movie-star appeal--he certainly looks every inch the Hemingwayesque hunter, and it's not that big a stretch to imagine Gardner or Kelly in the clinches with him. Indeed, he and Grace Kelly had an offscreen affair during shooting, graying temples or not. --Robert Horton


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By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Mogambo" (1953) is a good film with an excellent ending that makes you want to watch it again. Of course, the great cast and the place where the story was filmed help, and a lot.

This movie was directed by John Ford, and filmed in Africa. The plot is simple, but quite effective. Victor Marswell (Clark Gable) is a safari guide whose like is disrupted when a beautiful woman, Eloise Kelly (Ava Gardner), shows up at his camp, looking for a majarajah. Unfortunately for her, her "acquaintance" has left and she has to remain in the camp at least until the next boat arrives. Eloise starts to fall for Victor, and their attraction seems mutual, but not meant to be.

However, things are further stirred up when a couple, Professor Donald Nordley (Donald Sinden) and his wife Linda (Grace Kelly) arrive to Victor?s complex for a safari. The problem is that now Eloise likes Victor, Victor is attracted to Linda, and Linda has feelings for Victor but is married to Donald, who is not aware of what is happening around him and is only interested in looking for gorillas.

Of course, that situation is a good recipe for entertainment. Throw in a great scenery and some wild animals, and you have a very entertaining movie. All in all, I give this movie 3.5 stars, and I think it is worthwhile to recommend it :)

Belen Alcat
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5.0 out of 5 stars African adventure with Gable and Grace. Oct. 8 2000
Format:VHS Tape
If Clark Gable had not been a star before Mogambo, he would have been afterward. This is the kind of stuff that creates action heroes. You name it, it's got it ... adventure, romance, and intrigue. Sadly, it's the kind of picture which could never get made today. The characters in this story are the real thing ... the plot doesn't have to develop their personalities. It's a bigger-than-life scenario with ole big ears as the great white hunter, and the future Princess as the impressionable wife of an anthropologist. The only twist is that before the dashing couple arrives, another flame ignities our hero's fire. When they throw the whole gang into an ill-timed safari, all you-know-what breaks loose. The action doesn't interfere with the plot, and vice versa. Just about the time you think it might becoming a love story, it's action time. The movie keeps you interested from the first shot to the happy ending. What would you expect from a Gable and Grace movie?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star triangle highlights an African safari June 11 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
A great white hunter finds himself in a love triangle with a lusty, earthy brunette and a prissy, proper blonde who just happens to be married in this beautiful Technicolor adventure filmed on location in several African countries. Clark Gable is in top form as the fearless hunter who knows natives, the jungle and animals but is not as confident when it comes to relationships with women. Gable's Vic spars on good terms with Ava Gardner's Kelly but falls hard for Grace Kelly's straitlaced Mrs. Nordley who smolders inwardly with sexual desire ignited by the virile master hunter. Gardner's likeable Kelly makes a play for Vic but he's too smitten with Mrs. Nordsley to really notice her. The vast, beautiful vistas of the "dark continent" are a viewer's delight and the percussive instruments and plaintive chants of the warriors from the various tribes add realism and urgency to an excellent film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful! July 13 2002
By Mel
Format:VHS Tape
Mogambo is a must-see! I didn't think it was going to be so great, I was just going to see the film because Clark Gable was in it. But Ava Gardner was magnificent, she was sexy and beautiful. Grace Kelly was great for the role as the married gal. Clark Gable was of course the hunk that everyone loves! The film keeps you in your seat from the first scene to the last. Just watch it, you'll love it!
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