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The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

aka The Snows of Kilimanjaro

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Details: 117 mins · English, French, Spanish · PG (USA)


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An old classic starring Gregory Peck, it is the story of a dying man who had been hunting in Africa. I have not read the Ernest Hemingway story that it is based on, but it is essentially a series of flashbacks that the man has over his life while he is dying. The title doesn’t really make much sense to me other than part of the story is set in Africa. Didn’t like it too much because of the womanizing and then he realizes that there is more to life than that. Kind of a slower movie that didn’t really make much sense or resonate with me.

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Small Harry Street
Small Helen
Small Cynthia Green
Small Countess Liz
Small Onkel Bill Swift
Small Johnson
No_movie_poster Beatrice
No_movie_poster Connie
Small Emile
No_movie_poster Gitarrist
No_movie_poster Spanish Dancer


No_movie_poster Bernard Herrmann Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Lyle R. Wheeler Set Designer
No_movie_poster Casey Robinson Screenplay
Small Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
No_movie_poster Roger Heman Sr. Sound Designer
No_movie_poster John DeCuir Set Designer
No_movie_poster Bernard Freericks Sound Designer
No_movie_poster Barbara McLean Editor
No_movie_poster Leon Shamroy Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Charles Le Maire Costume Design
No_movie_poster Ben Nye Maske
Small Henry King Director
Small Ernest Hemingway Novel
No_movie_poster Antonio Triana Choreographer
Small Ernest Hemingway Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Barbara McLean Editing


The film begins with the opening words of Hemingway's story. The story centers on the memories of disillusioned writer Harry Street (Gregory Peck) who is on safari in Africa. He has contracted a severely infected wound from a thorn prick, and lies outside his tent awaiting a slow death. The loss of mobility brings self-reflection. He remembers past years and how little he has accomplished in his writing. He realizes that although he has seen and experienced wonderful and astonishing things during his life, he had never made a record of the events. His status as a writer is undermined by his reluctance to actually write. He also quarrels with the woman with him, blaming her for his living decadently and forgetting his failure to write of what really matters to him: his experiences among poor and "interesting" people, rather than the smart Europeans with whom he has been lately.

Despite the unwanted attentions of a witch doctor, he lives to see morning come. He watches vultures gather in a tree as he lies in the evening. He recapitulates his life and talks to his current girl-friend. He tells her about his past experiences; then arguing, then coming to realization about his attitude, and finally reaching a sort of peace, even love, with her.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2007-03-06