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Hatari!

USA, English, 157 mins

  • Director: Howard Hawks
  • Writer: Harry Kurnitz; Leigh Brackett
  • Producer: Howard Hawks; Paul Helmick

CGiii Comment

John Wayne, dud actor, right-wing conservative, white supremacist, homophobe ('too disgusting even for discussion'), right-wing McCarthy-ist (basically, a traitor) and fraudulent buffoon.

The hero named Marion side-stepped WW2, promoted and encouraged the young men of America to fight in Vietnam - an icon? Sham and shame.

Hopefully, his estate will get wind of this and sue...all that publicity!!!

The movie, itself, is overly long and plotless.

The script is misogynistic and homophobic - amplified by the acting and direction.

But...seeing Wayne on screen - defrauding his audience - will leave a thoroughly foul taste in your mouth.


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The(ir) Blurb...

John Wayne and his ensemble cast cavort over the African landscape filling orders from zoos for wild animals. Bruce Cabot plays "the Indian", a womanizing sharpshooter who is gored by a rhino in the opening scenes of the film. This becomes a running theme through the movie; their bad luck in catching rhinos, and provides the climactic ending chase. While Bruce is in the hospital, Elsa Martinelli shows up as a woman photographer from a Swiss zoo, and John wants to send her packing. She strongarms the Duke into letting her stay by promising that her zoo will buy most of their animals this season if she's allowed to go along on the hunts and take photos. Hardy Kruger, Gerard Blain, Michelle Girardon and Valentin de Vargas round out the group. They traipse over the African landscape capturing animals; Elsa also has a running gag where she collects baby elephants as the movie goes along. In the end she's acquired three of them.

Cast & Characters

John Wayne as Sean Mercer;
Hardy Kruger as Kurt Muller;
Elsa Martinelli as Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro;
Red Buttons as Pockets;
Gerard Blain as Charles 'Chips' Maurey;
Bruce Cabot as Little Wolf aka The Indian;
Michele Girardon as Brandy de la Court;
Valentin de Vargas as Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez;
Eduard Franz as Dr. Sanderson;
Queenie Leonard as Nurse;
Jon Chevron as Joseph;
Sam Harris as Man in Store;
Cathy Lewis as Voice of Radio Operator;
Eric Rungren;
Henry Scott as Sikh Clerk

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