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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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Great. I was 11 when this movie was made in my town in Tanganyika, East AfricaPublished 20 days ago by Trevor A Pienaar
Great Movie, superb cast. Filmed in Africa before it was overrun with tourists.Published 1 month ago by Ludwig Neudecker
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