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Hatari! is Swahili for "danger"--and also the word for action, adventure and broad comedy in this two-fisted Howard Hawks effort. John Wayne stars as the head of a daring Tanganyka-based group which captures wild animals on behalf of the world's zoos. Hardy Kruger, Gérard Blain and Red Buttons are members of Wayne's men-only contingent, all of whom are reduced to jello when the curvaceous Elsa Martinelli enters the scene. In tried and true Howard Hawks fashion, Martinelli quickly becomes "one of the guys," though Wayne apparently can't say two words to her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The strapping physique of the film unhappily emphasizes the anemic condition of the story streaming within."
‑ , Variety
"All in all, one of those rare films that genuinely constitutes a 'late masterpiece'."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The story is nothing more than a poor excuse for what Hawks really seems to be interested in presenting--big-game chases over the Kenyan veldt. These sequences are so well done that they save this otherwise-tepid film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Overlong [!]"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cute elephants."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"A broader canvas for the interaction of comedy and drama than its immediate predecessor (Rio Bravo), this is both discursive and leisurely."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"Perhaps the accent on the trapping of free-roaming critters for use in zoos is a mite too heavy, but this aspect of African business rates the attention it receives here."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Colorful John Wayne Africa-based yarn w/slapstick, adventure, animals, and great Mancini score."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Exciting remake of Red Dust with exceptional African photography"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Too long, but highly entertaining personality film"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This late masterpiece (1962) by Howard Hawks transcends every literary value in the book to become a brilliantly entertaining and insightful work of pure cinema."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Richly entertaining, with vivid characters."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Hawks continues to explore his favorite themes--professional conduct and male camaraderie--in this African travelogue abouyt an international team of animals catchers, headed by John Wayne. Though plotless, the film is visually compelling."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Duke dukes it out with African animals."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"Corny but vastly entertaining with terrific wildlife photography and a great score by Henry Mancini"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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