DVD - 2005
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John Wayne heads a group of highly skilled professional game hunters in Africa to capture animals for zoos and circus attractions.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount Home Video, ©2005.
Edition: Widescreen format.
ISBN: 9780792172901
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (157 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
digital, video, mono, rda
video file, DVD, rda


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Possibly the most consistently entertaining motion picture ever made. A great mix of comedy and adventure, it has a fine score by Henry Mancini, and Wayne is at his best. It's not so politically correct today, but don't be so damn full of yourself, just sit back and relax, odds are you won't take up smoking or capturing wild animals because you saw Hatari! One of those movies that, if I run across it while I'm changing channels, I have to stop and watch.

Jul 06, 2019

1962. This is a typical movie for John Wayne fans for its era in time. Just rough & tumble chain smoking (all main cast) and constant alcohol consumption w. comedic drunkenness at times every eve after running after wild African animals for zoos. Pretty sexist too and women are causing confusion in the males on who likes whom. Wayne is THE BOSS of 'em all.... the HEAD Bwana ! Some lame comedic sequences for laughter and wild animals for suspense and danger. Nnt to mention the baby elephants.

A family PG movie for today but rather lame, weak story plot. Most of us today in 2019 would say the capture & containment of the animals is savage and cruel.

May 16, 2019

You have to overlook the mediocre acting and cringeworthy dialogue -- and focus on the sheer majesty of the wildlife. Glorious African footage throughout. Three baby elephants are the stars of the show, as memorialized by Henry Mancini's famous "Baby Elephant Walk." Though their chase scene at the end is even better, and bet you'll think so, too.

Dec 04, 2018

I'm not sure I would describe this as "fun family entertainment," per the reviewer below, unless you find animals being captured to be sold to zoos fun. Nor is the chain smoking (See below.) the most disturbing sequence. "Hatari!" means "danger" in Swahili, although I thought it meant "animal cruelty." This 1962 movie, while featuring some great location photography (In present day Tanzania.), it's hard to watch for the way the animals are treated, as all the captures of exotic animals (Rhinos, monkeys, elephants) is real and presumably not monitored by any humane organization. If you can get over that, I guess it's an okay movie by Howard Hawks starring John Wayne as John Wayne. I have no idea why it's nearly 3 hours long; there's not much of a plot, there are plenty of long sequences of the characters just drinking, smoking, and talking (A Hawks specialty.), and the humor is lame. There are Africans, but they're mostly in the background. It does have a multi-racial (Mexican, Native American, German, Italian, French) cast, which is kinda progressive, and the two actresses break up the masculine atmosphere with aplomb and verve. The elephants give the best performances. Score by Henry Mancini, which includes the now famous "Baby Elephant Walk." Hawks and Wayne also worked together on "Red River," "Rio Bravo," "El Dorado," and "Rio Lobo."

Mar 30, 2016

a funny movie. However, there one point that is off putting these days. There is horrid chain smoking sequence that is hard to watch

Sep 29, 2015

Fun family entertainment, with a really good enjoyable musical score. Great scenery in Africa.

Sep 28, 2015

Africa, animals and adventure, with a little light romance thrown in. You will recognize most of the actors if you like old movies, I really enjoy John Wayne and Red Buttons but the whole cast is great together. It was a different world when this movie was filmed but it has lots of humor, great music and beautiful scenery.

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