Hatari!

Hatari!

4.8 11
Director: Howard Hawks

Cast: Howard Hawks, John Wayne, Hardy Kruger, Elsa Martinelli

     
 

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John Wayne stars in the roaring animal adventure Hatari! directed by Howard Hawks. Paramount has done a commendable job on this 1.85:1 anamophic widescreen transfer (which was previously only available on video and laserdisc in a cropped edition). While the image shows some grain and scratches, overall the transfer has been cleaned up well and looks verySee more details below

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John Wayne stars in the roaring animal adventure Hatari! directed by Howard Hawks. Paramount has done a commendable job on this 1.85:1 anamophic widescreen transfer (which was previously only available on video and laserdisc in a cropped edition). While the image shows some grain and scratches, overall the transfer has been cleaned up well and looks very presentable. All colors and fleshtones were very bright with edge enhancement being kept to the bare minimum. Audio for Hatari! is presented in Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 and sounds distortion free, if a bit flat and hollow. The dialogue, music, and effects were all clear of distortion and hiss. A Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono French track is also included on this disc, as well as English subtitles. Sadly, the only extra feature available on this DVD is a theatrical trailer for Hatari!, and nothing more. Fans of John Wayne should be excited by this first-ever widescreen release of Hatari!, even if the supplements are a bit slim.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
Produced on the heels of director Howard Hawks's "comeback" hit, Rio Bravo, this rollicking action-comedy proved to be one of his most charming and exhilarating adventures -- and one of the last truly great films he would make in a long and storied career. The plot itself is minimal, but the situations are pure Hawks: The story follows a group of professional big-game hunters through a single season, as they drive high-speed across the dusty African plains capturing wild animals for zoos and circuses around the world. John Wayne plays Sean Mercer, the gruff, romantically gun-shy leader, whose tight-knit group is turned upside down when a disarmingly beautiful wildlife photographer (Elsa Martinelli) arrives on the scene. Clocking in at 159 minutes, this is easily the longest film Hawks ever made, yet his control of its pacing is masterful. Hatari! drifts seamlessly between intense action scenes and moments of light comedy, never once faltering. The large ensemble cast is immensely likable, and the film's incredible safari sequences are among the most thrilling ever photographed -- the actors risked life and limb doing all their own animal wrangling, without the aid of camera tricks. Cleverly scripted by the brilliant Leigh Brackett (The Big Sleep), Hatari! offers irresistible delights that are far too numerous to mention. But one would be remiss in neglecting to note the contributions of a waggish Red Buttons, and the buoyant score by Henry Mancini -- highlighted by his now-famous "Baby Elephant Walk."
All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Of the five movies that Howard Hawks made with John Wayne, the first three had running times of well over two hours, and Hatari! is the longest of them (as well as the longest movie Hawks ever made) at 158 minutes, which was something of a personal indulgence for director/producer Hawks. It never seems overlong, however, thanks to the presence of a top-flight cast who were obviously having the time of their lives professionally, and whose chemistry, coupled with the director's deft touch, draws the audience into their fun. John Wayne is at the top of his game here as an action hero, in the undemanding role of a two-fisted trapper of zoo and circus animals. Red Buttons, who had gone from being a popular comedic television personality to a serious actor over the previous five years (winning the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Sayonara in 1957), is at his most appealing as a semi-comic co-star; and Elsa Martinelli became the latest in a long line of supremely confident and challenging Howard Hawks heroines, not up to the standard set by Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo and Margaret Sheridan in The Thing, but still memorable in her ability to challenge Wayne's and Buttons' natural macho superiority. Mixing those three, plus Hardy Kruger and a solid supporting cast, into some of the most exciting action scenes of their era, made Hatari! virtually irresistible to audiences in the early '60s. The screenplay by Leigh Brackett isn't overlong in itself, but Hawks takes his time with it, stretching out every action scene and luxuriating in its details. Astonishingly, the public bought it, even though African adventure stories were just about out of style. Between the director's sure hand and the mix of comedy and action in the story, plus the charismatic presence of Wayne and company, Hatari! was a success for all concerned and, arguably, Hawks' last truly great and ambitious movie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2001
UPC:
0097360662948
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:37:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Sean Mercer
Hardy Kruger Kurt Mueller
Elsa Martinelli Anna-Maria D'Alessandro (Dallas)
Gérard Blain Chips Chalmoy
Red Buttons Pockets
Bruce Cabot Vaughn
Michéle Girardon Brandy Delacourt
Eduard Franz Dr. Sanderson
Valentin de Vargas Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez
Sam Harris Man in the Store
Henry Scott Sikh Clerk
Jack Williams Masai Warrior
Jon Chevron Joseph
Queenie Leonard Nurse
Emmett E. Smith Bartender

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Carl Anderson Art Director
Frank Beetson Costumes/Costume Designer
Leigh Brackett Screenwriter
Joseph Brun Cinematographer
Hoagy Carmichael Songwriter
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Tom Connors Asst. Director
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Helmick Associate Producer
Carey Loftin Stunts
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Richard Parker Special Effects
Hal Pereira Art Director
Russ Saunders Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Momella Game, LTD. [:10]
2. The Indian's Luck [6:13]
3. Anna Maria D'Allesandro [:09]
4. Wild Giraffess And A Greenhorn [2:55]
5. Who Is Sean Mercer? [5:47]
6. The Frenchman's Worth [2:05]
7. Spring Comes To The Bush [7:25]
8. Timbo The Orphan [7:10]
9. Dallas Starts Something [3:23]
10. Beasts Of East Africa [4:26]
11. The Tribe's Appreciation [5:26]
12. Brandy's True Love [7:40]
13. Rube Goldberg Monkey Trap [4:31]
14. Baby Elephant Walk [2:48]
15. Breaking The Rhino Jinx [5:50]
16. Seeing Spots [1:39]
17. Where's Mama? [6:19]

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