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Hatari! (1962)

aka Hatari!

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Details: 157 mins · English, Kiswahili


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Small Sean Mercer
Small Kurt Muller
No_movie_poster Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro
Small Pockets
No_movie_poster Charles 'Chips' Maurey
Small Dr. Sanderson
Small Brandy de la Court
No_movie_poster Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez
No_movie_poster Nurse
No_movie_poster Man in Store
Small Little Wolf


No_movie_poster Henry Mancini Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Leigh Brackett Screenplay
No_movie_poster Russell Harlan Director of Photography
Small Howard Hawks Director
No_movie_poster Stuart Gilmore Editor
Small Howard Hawks Production
Small Harry Kurnitz Story Contributor


The story involves a group of Western expatriates catching wild animals in East Africa and selling them to zoos, led by Sean Mercer (John Wayne).

At the outset, Little Wolf (Bruce Cabot), aka "The Indian," is injured during a rhinoceros chase. He is rushed to the hospital at Arusha, where he needs a blood transfusion. None of the team can provide the required rare blood type, but a young Frenchman, Charles "Chips" Maury (Gerard Blain) can. Chips is hired as a replacement for The Indian as the international group tries to fill all its animal orders for the season.

A wildlife photographer, Anna Maria D'Alessandro (Elsa Martinelli), arrives to take photos of the animals caught by Mercer's men for a zoo that will be buying the bulk of that season's captures. She is at first mistaken for a man because of the introduction letter she had signed with only her initials. She soon acquires the nickname "Dallas."

During her stay, Dallas also becomes known as Mama Tembo (Mother of Elephants) for her efforts to save three baby elephants, culminating in a chase through the streets of Arusha. She also develops a crush on Mercer. There are romantic subplots between the other characters as well.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1962-06-19 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1962-12-24 : Spain

Theatrical : 1962-12-17 : France

Theatrical : 1963-02-01 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1962-12-21 : Finland

Theatrical : 1962-12-21 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1962-10-06 : Japan

Theatrical : 1962-12-06 : Italy

Theatrical : 1963-02-18 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 1962-12-17 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1965-05-26 : Portugal