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White Hunter, Black Heart
     

White Hunter, Black Heart

Director: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong

 

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Something of a sleeper in its 1990 release, White Hunter, Black Heart is one of Clint Eastwood's most engaging films. It is based on Peter Vietel's novel about the location shoot of John Huston's immortal The African Queen. But the focus is never on Bogie and Hepburn. Egomaniacal director John Wilson (Eastwood) is far more interested in killing an

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Something of a sleeper in its 1990 release, White Hunter, Black Heart is one of Clint Eastwood's most engaging films. It is based on Peter Vietel's novel about the location shoot of John Huston's immortal The African Queen. But the focus is never on Bogie and Hepburn. Egomaniacal director John Wilson (Eastwood) is far more interested in killing an elephant than in making a movie. His old friend and scriptwriter Pete Verrill (Jeff Fahey) and his producer, Paul Landers (George Dzundza), are on hand to try and talk him down from this pursuit. Eastwood's verbose, outlandish performance will be particularly remarkable to fans who tend to think of him as the soft-spoken tough guy.

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Though in many ways a departure for Clint Eastwood both as an actor and a director, White Hunter, Black Heart explores a subject close to his heart: the Hemingway-inspired tough-guy artiste, a tradition that stretches beyond the film's ostensible subject, John Huston, to include Eastwood-mentor Don Siegel, and in some respects Eastwood himself. Despite their obvious physical differences, Eastwood's performance instantly evokes Huston while stopping safely short of a mere impersonation. He makes his character extremely appealing without hiding his flaws. As a director, Eastwood keeps the film moving along in a way that allows its more difficult themes -- colonialism, self-destructive bravado, racism -- to emerge naturally without seeming in the least heavy-handed. Though he fashions himself a rebel against the hypocrisies of English propriety, the evolution of Eastwood's character is the realization of his own implication in what he hates. By the film's unforgettable conclusion he recognizes, like Marlow in Heart Of Darkness, that Africa is too much for him. Also worth noting: Hunter features a solid supporting performance from, of all people, direct-to-video fixture Jeff Fahey.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2010
UPC:
0883929107964
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
18,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood John Wilson
Jeff Fahey Pete Verrill
George Dzundza Paul Landers
Alun Armstrong Ralph Lockhart
Marisa Berenson Kay Gibson
Timothy Spall Hodkins
Richard Vanstone Phil Duncan
Jamie Koss Mrs. Duncan
Catherine Neilson Irene Saunders
Richard Warwick Basil Fields
Boy Mathias Chuma Kivu
Geoffrey Hutchings Alec Laing
Christopher Fairbank Tom Harrison
Norman Lumsden Butler George
Charlotte Cornwell Miss Wilding
Mel Martin Mrs. MacGregor
Mary Selway Actor
Edward Tudor-Pole Reissar
John Rapley Gun Shop Salesman
Anne Dunkley Scarf Girl
David Danns Bongo Man
Myles Freeman Ape Man
Clive Mantle Harry
Martin Jacobs Dickie Marlowe
Norman Malunga Desk Clerk
Alex Norton Zibelinsky
Eleanor David Dorshka
Andrew Whaley Photographer
Conrad Asquith Ogilvy
Bill Weston Riding Double
Roddy Maude-Roxby Thompson

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director,Producer
James Bridges Screenwriter
Roy Button Production Manager
Joel Cox Editor
Paul Engelen Makeup
John Evans Special Effects
Roy Field Special Effects
John Graysmark Production Designer
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Burt Kennedy Screenwriter
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
Lennie Niehaus Score Composer
George Orrison Stunts
Arlene Phillips Choreography
Tony Reading Art Director
Peter Robinson Camera Operator
Stanley Crea Rubin Co-producer
Mary Selway Casting
Frank Strayer Songwriter
David Valdes Executive Producer
Peter Viertel Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- White Hunter, Black Heart
1. About Wilson [3:14]
2. Wrong Thing to Do [3:48]
3. Money Men [3:16]
4. Swell Canine Romance [4:20]
5. Script Notes Among Gods [5:36]
6. Loose Tongue - and Gorilla [4:17]
7. Arrival in Africa [4:01]
8. No Complications [2:35]
9. Soccer Commentary [3:25]
10. Good Night, Margaret [5:50]
11. Trouble With Harry [3:59]
12. The Wildest Animal [2:02]
13. Goodbye, All [1:14]
14. Fancy Flying [5:27]
15. "Is He Always Like This?" [3:04]
16. Testing the Boat [2:52]
17. Kivu [1:29]
18. The Word Hollywood [4:04]
19. Playing it Safe [1:33]
20. A Way With Words [1:54]
21. Determined to Sin [3:51]
22. Verill Agrees to Stay [3:42]
23. Change in Plans [3:04]
24. Company Dinner [2:54]
25. Great Hunter Role [3:02]
26. Rain [3:19]
27. Off on Something Risks [5:09]
28. The Big Tusker [2:33]
29. Tragedy [4:53]
30. White Hunter, Black Heart [2:00]
31. End Credits [4:37]

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