Hatari! (1962)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 24, 1962
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Politics take a back seat to sex, served up in a dazzling wealth of innuendo.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

All dumb romance, immature jokes, (unconscious?) racism and a child's sense of adventure.

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The strapping physique of the film unhappily emphasizes the anemic condition of the story streaming within.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

All in all, one of those rare films that genuinely constitutes a 'late masterpiece'.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Richly entertaining, with vivid characters.

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Chicago Reader

A broader canvas for the interaction of comedy and drama than its immediate predecessor (Rio Bravo), this is both discursive and leisurely.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A plotless (and interminable) travelogue that seems more like a cheap excuse for Hawks to spend vacation in Africa, and it is hard to empathize with hunters… More
Dean McKenna
Great film, still enjoyable, with a fine blend of action, romance, and comedy with John wayne in Africa for zoo-supplying animal hunting. And Red Buttons is so… More
Jens S.
Howard Hawk's classic safari adventure may be set in Africa and have plenty of huge scenes of men in cars chasing down animals. If you take that away, it… More
Ken Stachnik
Solid Howard Hawks comedy/adventure. Extra points for catching all of the monkeys with a rocket. This movie is where "Baby Elephant Walk" by Mancini… More
Jason Owens
I'd like to see a lot more John Wayne movies in the future, but for now this is the only one I know I've seen right off the bat, and I enjoyed it a… More
xGary Xx
Maybe it's the unbelievably patronising and racist attitude towards the locals. Maybe it's the fact that the whole experience revolves around cruelty… More