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Snows of Kilimanjaro
     

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

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Director: Henry King

Cast: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner

 

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This adventure saga based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway has been given a better-than-average presentation on this DVD release. The Snows of Kilimanjaro has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options included. As a bonus

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This adventure saga based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway has been given a better-than-average presentation on this DVD release. The Snows of Kilimanjaro has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options included. As a bonus, this edition also includes notes on the film, a chapter of trivia facts, a gallery of still photos, and cast biographies. This is one of several DVD of The Snows of Kilimanjaro currently on the market, thanks to the film's non-copyright status.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A tremendous hit when first released, The Snows of Kilimanjaro has not aged well over the years. Almost any screen adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway tale is faced with a difficulty: Hemingway's strong suit is his style, which is heightened and artificial. It works beautifully on the page, but translated into actual dialogue, it comes across as both flighty and stiff, and quite unnatural. Casey Robinson's screenplay does a decent job of bringing things halfway back to earth, but it ends up in a bit of a no-man's land, not really Hemingway, but not quite the real world either. Visually, however, Kilimanjaro is a feast, with Leon Shamroy's camera capturing the full beauty of its often-stunning locations and also finding emotion -- warmth, joy, and tension -- in the "character" scenes. The art direction is lovely, and the trio of stars is very, very easy on the eyes, especially the delectable Ava Gardner. Gardner and Gregory Peck create the appropriate romantic chemistry, and audiences will be drawn in by their performances, but Susan Hayward is unfortunately wasted in a role that gives her too little to do. Despite the flaws in its screenplay (and in Henry King's direction, which is uneven), there's still enough here to engage most fans of romance movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2003
UPC:
0011891970228
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tgg Direct
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Fully restored and enhanced digital master; Interactive menus; Original graphics; Film information; Chapters - direct scene access; Biography; Facts & trivia; Special collector's photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Harry Street
Susan Hayward Helen
Ava Gardner Cynthia Green
Hildegarde Neff Countess Liz
Leo G. Carroll Uncle Bill
Torin Thatcher Johnson
Ava Norring Beatrice
Helene Stanley Connie
Marcel Dalio Emile
Vincente Gómez Guitarist
Leonard Carey Dr. Simmons
Paul Thompson Witch Doctor
Emmett E. Smith Molo
Victor Wood Charles
Bert Freed American Soldier
Janine Grandel Annette
John Dodsworth Compton
Charley Bates Harry at Age 17
Lisa Ferraday Vendeuse
Maya Van Horn Princess
Ivan Lebedeff Marquis
Salvador Baguez Actor
Edward Colmans Clerk
George Davis Servant
Martin Garralaga Spanish Officer
George Navarro Stretcher Bearer
Julian Rivero Old Waiter
Richard Arlen Spanish Dancer

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
John De Cuir Production Designer
Paul S. Fox Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Antonio Triana Choreography
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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