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Hatari [DVD] [1963]

John Wayne , Elsa Martinelli , Howard Hawks    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, Red Buttons, Gérard Blain
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Harry Kurnitz, Leigh Brackett
  • Producers: Howard Hawks, Paul Helmick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Swahili
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBRP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,580 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Director Howard Hawks re-teams with John Wayne for this African-set comedy adventure. Wayne stars as Sean Mercer, head of a group of highly skilled professional game hunters. However, these hunters don't use bullets: they capture the ferocious big game with strong rope and cameras for zoos and circus attractions - an exciting business that pits man against beast. The supporting cast includes Hardy Kruger, Red Buttons and Elsa Martinelli.

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audio in italianocaccia grossa, ma senza fucili, in tanganika per cacciatori bianchi che devono rifornire gli zoo. l'equilibrio del piccolo gruppo maschile e' turbato dall'arrivo di una fotografa italiana (martinelli) che s'innamora del ruvido capo (wayne). lui la ricambia, ma non vuole ammetterlo. critici e spettatori ottusi gli rimproverano di non avere una vera storia. come se fosse indispensabile per fare un buon film. hatari! e' ottimo nella sua rara miscela di emozionante racconto di avventure percorso da una costante brezza di umorismo che qua e la' diventa irresistibile buffoneria. scritto da leigh brackett, e' un compendio del cinema di hawks e dei suoi temi: un piccolo gruppo di uomini, legati da una fraternita' solidale e dal comune amore per il mestiere; la guerra dei sessi che si risolve con l'apparente vittoria del maschio; l'internazionalismo; l'ironia e l'umorismo che cementano, insaporendola, l'amicizia; l'elogio del professionismo. molte sequenze, comprese quella della caccia al rinoceronte, sono girate dal vero senza trucchi ne' controfigure. un film di amici, tra gli amici, per gli amici. un hawks a 18 carati. musiche frizzanti di henry mancini.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals, thrills, and romance, John Wayne-style 24 Feb 2005
"Hatari!" is the story of a very likeable group of men who live in Africa and catch animals for zoos. The gang includes Sean Mercer (John Wayne), Pockets (Red Buttons) and Kurt (Hardy Kruger). A photographer named Dallas (Elsa Martinelli) comes to stay, and everyone is surprised (and delighted) to find that she is a woman, and a beautiful one at that. She goes out on hunts with the guys and is attracted to Sean (who wouldn't be!); he likes her, too, although he won't admit it. Pockets and Kurt fight over the attentions of their old boss' daughter, Brandy, who is all grown up now, but she is playing the field.
There is plenty of wild animal action (the actors really did catch the animals), plenty of fun, and innocent romance, too. John Wayne has one of his best roles as the rugged he-man who acts all dopey around a pretty girl. German heartthrob Hardy Kruger is the reason I watch this movie over and over again. Miss Martinelli is very good as the Italian beauty who falls hard for Sean and is the object of two baby elephants' affections, as well. The whole family can enjoy the breathtaking animal scenes, the strong bond of friendship shared by the little group, and the adventure of living in Africa. Heartily recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrills and spills on the African plains. 6 Feb 2009
"Hatari" which is Swahili for danger was made in 1963 on location in East Africa, and was directed by Howard Hawks. The script is extremely loose and the whole project appears like a John Huston type ruse to get out to Africa and have some fun. Hunting in Hustons case. Well have fun they most certainly do and it is a joyous thing to watch. A happy feel good movie and one that lifts the spirits. If you want something deep and meaningful then stop reading here.

The story as it is, concerns a very international bunch of characters who capture game for zoos. They do so in a very exhilarating fashion, chasing such dangerous animals as Rhinos in open top jeeps and trucks across the African plains at breakneck speed. There are thrills and spills aplenty. The dynamics of the group change with the arrival of the pretty Anna played by Elsa Martinelli. The men all seek to gain her attentions and the fun begins. Sean Mercer played by John Wayne is the groups larger than life leader. Red Buttons plays Pockets the comic relief. Hawks tended to use Walter Brennan for similar roles in Westerns. Valentin De Vargas plays Luis Lopez, and is a good deal happier than he was as a heavy in Welles " Touch of Evil". Hardy Kruger on whose East African ranch much of the action was filmed plays Kurt Mueller. Remember him from "The one that Got away"? Gerard Blain as Charles Maurey exudes Gallic charm and is Mercer's main love rival. All enter into the fun. In between chases the Wayne/Martinelli blossoming romance needs a helping hand and that is what it gets at the end.

An interesting fact is that Hawks stated in later interviews that he had always intended Gable to act alongside Wayne in the film but his premature death sadly prevented this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Howard Hawks just hanging out with the boys 8 May 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Hatari! is Howard Hawks at his most laid back. Thankfully not as shrill and manic as his Thirties screwball comedies, this veers totally in the opposite direction with its ambling, almost low-key and virtually plotless look at a group of animal catchers in East Africa who embody all the usual Hawksian stereotypes - likeably gruff but not humourless hero (Wayne), quiet punk kid who makes good (Gerard Blain), professional sidekick (Hardy Kruger), obligatory comic relief (Red Buttons) and game gal (Elsa Martinelliu). It in no way justifies its 157-minute running time, but all the reason Hawks needs is that he likes these people and wants to spend more time with them. Gently entertaining, but at times a little too laid back.

Paramount's DVD offers a good transfer with the original theatrical trailer the only extra.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action, comedy and John Wayne in East Africa. 25 Jan 2004
By syhob
It is hard to understand why this little gem almost has been forgotten; one reason may be that it is hard to fit into a single category. Hatari includes all the classical Hawksian themes with special emphasis on male-bonding, professional leadership and fear of falling in love, but it effortlessly switches between comedy and action, and it takes place in East Africa instead of the Wild West.
John Wayne heads a team of white men with very different backgrounds and nationalities who each year converge on East Africa to catch animals to Western zoos. Hawks' choice of this group instead of traditional hunters is a stroke of genius: it appeals to a much larger audience, the hunting is much more difficult and dangerous to the men, and it involves more people and worn-down jeeps and trucks blazing (well, almost) across the savannah.
This year three complications arise: One member of the team is wounded, and not only do they need every single man, but his blood type is very rare. Second: the daughter of the late head of the team is coming of age, and third: a female photographer shows up. She has been send by a zoo which has placed a large order for animals, so John Wayne cannot just send her away, like he wants to. Hawks must have selected these complications carefully, for they are just what he needs to develop his usual themes. On the other hand it seems like he just didn't know what to do with the Africans - we see traditionally-clad inhabitants of two villages, a cook, a few drivers/assistants and we visit a larger city twice. Apart from that this is Africa without Africans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars as it was a better price I could afford it
one from past.. as it was a better price I could afford it.. I do love it.. cheers hamc..
Published 11 days ago by Helene macrae
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember seeing this film as a young lad and really ...
Remember seeing this film as a young lad and really enjoying this film.john Wayne is superb in this and the location is fab
Published 1 month ago by Kungfu
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD
A very good delivery service for an excellent film starring John Wayne in a non western role. The film is set in East Africa and will appeal to anyone who likes wild animals and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by colinc
4.0 out of 5 stars This is good family film!
Had this film on tape then the VCR broke!! Had to get a DVD replacement. John Wayne come across pretty god in this caper.
Published 4 months ago by Dave Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is a very good film i had not screen it before but on veiwing the film found it very good
Published 5 months ago by kim elliston
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old-fashioned fun set in Africa
You can tell the actors were having a ball making this film. Howard Hawks essentially treated this as a holiday outing on Hardy Kruger's ranch, on which a lot of the action was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Serious Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
It is a film I enjoyed as a child and thought it would be a nice to see at my leisure again and a keepsake
Published 7 months ago by Mrs S E Plevey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic family film
I have bought it for my grand sons since I had enjoyed it very much when I saw the film about 50 years ago.
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Tariq Yusuf Rajbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a great film even if it is old as it shows Africa in the wild it used to be
Published 10 months ago by Colin Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars ok but not the best remaster
well i think you can tell they have remasted this but not has good has thught with todays tec all in still a good film it is a bit sharper but the couler look just the same
Published 10 months ago by Mr. P. L. Eastwood
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