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247 Ratings


Directed by Howard Hawks
United States, 1962
Action, Comedy, Romance


A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos. Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their ways?

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Hatari! Directed by Howard Hawks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1963 | Nominee: Best Cinematography, Color

Critics reviews

I would dispute that HATARI! is a good movie. I think it shows Hawks become lazy and overconfident, or at any rate somehow not gathering the narrative elements, situations, actors and dialogue he needs to work the miracles he could pull off earlier. He talked later about having wanted to pair John Wayne with Clark Gable and, failing that, feeling that there was no other leading man strong enough to make an interesting dynamic with the Duke. So he dispensed with interesting dynamics altogether.
August 15, 2017
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There’s plenty of drinking, joshing, fighting, and intimate maneuvering, along with exciting scenes of animal trapping, which were filmed on location with the stars involved. A woman-hunting elephant provides a Freudian jolt, set to Henry Mancini’s jaunty music, and Red Buttons is moving as a Brooklyn cabdriver in exile whose heart does a U-turn.
March 12, 2016
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