White Hunter Black Heart
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 14, 1990
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: White Hunter Black Heart is powerful, intelligent, and subtly moving, a fascinating meditation on masculinity and the insecurities of artists.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Eastwood's subject is wasted lives and wasted talent; Wilson's charisma and Hollywood's money prove irresistible, and their sheer power brings noteworthy results-but they emerge from a needless vortex of ruin.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Especially for those who have pegged Clint Eastwood too quickly as a masculine traditionalist, White Hunter, Black Heart is a movie to conjure with.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Rob Gonsalves

Clint Eastwood raises hell and finds his heart of darkness.

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Variety Staff

An intelligent, affectionate study of an obsessive American film director...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A devastating portrait of self-deceiving obsession, and a notable improvement on Viertel's book in terms of economy and focus.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Interesting, but a bit pretentious

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
Director, Clint Eastwood crafts not just one of his finest film but one of his best performances. It`s an enduring, compelling and superb entertainment filled… More
David Ladd
There is a theory that a truly great film director has to be obstinate and uncompromising to any opinion or advice anyone else on the film set would have,… More
Dean McKenna
Good drama like the making of <i>The African Queen</i>, but it's not real.