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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.
|Gregory Peck||Harry Street|
|Ava Gardner||Cynthia Green|
|Hildegard Knef||Countess Liz|
|Leo G. Carroll||Onkel Bill Swift|
|Richard Allan||Spanish Dancer|
|Bernard Herrmann||Original Music Composer|
|Lyle R. Wheeler||Set Designer|
|Darryl F. Zanuck||Producer|
|Roger Heman Sr.||Sound Designer|
|John DeCuir||Set Designer|
|Bernard Freericks||Sound Designer|
|Leon Shamroy||Director of Photography|
|Charles Le Maire||Costume Design|
|Ernest Hemingway||Story Contributor|
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.
DVD : 2007-03-06