White Hunter Black Heart
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Clint Eastwood's White Hunter, Black Heart is adapted from Peter Vietel's fictionalized tale of John Huston's filming of The African Queen. Eastwood's character, John Wilson, is a movie director who is obsessed with hunting a bull elephant while he's filming on location in Africa. Wilson is accompanied by an old friend named Pete Verrill (Jeff Fahey), whom the director brought in to help write the film he is shooting, but it becomes increasingly obvious to both Verrill and the audience that Wilson is far more interested in hunting elephants than making a movie. White… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Especially for those who have pegged Clint Eastwood too quickly as a masculine traditionalist, White Hunter, Black Heart is a movie to conjure with."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"This material marks a gutsy, fascinating departure for Mr. Eastwood, and makes it clear that his directorial ambitions have by now outstripped his goals as an actor."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An ambitious and intriguing project that never amounts to anything more than the sum of its parts--a trait shared by many of Eastwood's other major project as an independent filmmaker, Bird."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A fascinating character study about masculinity and the movies."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Wilson, obsessed with the Alpha male art of Hemingway and Melville, is portrayed as a man driven by society's outsized notions of XY-dom."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"An intelligent, affectionate study of an obsessive American film director..."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A devastating portrait of self-deceiving obsession, and a notable improvement on Viertel's book in terms of economy and focus."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Clint Eastwood raises hell and finds his heart of darkness."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"One of Eastwood's finest achievements."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of Clint Eastwood's best."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Ably aided by a fine cast and Jack Green's no-nonsense photography, Eastwood constructs a marvellously pacy, suspenseful movie which is deceptively easy on both eye and ear."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The film is talky and often stilted. But Eastwood's compassion for the character, warts and all, feels genuine."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Interesting, but a bit pretentious"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Slow-moving but gently engrossing."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Morality tale of uncommon power set in Africa where an American film director obsesses about killing an elephant while on safari."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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