White Hunter Black Heart

September 14th, 1990


White Hunter Black Heart

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A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 6.6/10 (4,926 voted)

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell

The world famous movie director John Huston has gone to Africa to make his next movie. He is an obstinate, contrary director who'd rather hunt elephants than takes care of his crew or movie. He has become obsessed with one particular elephant and cares for nothing else.

Writers: Peter Viertel, Peter Viertel

Clint Eastwood - John Wilson
Jeff Fahey - Pete Verrill
Charlotte Cornwell - Miss Wilding, Wilson's Secretary
Norman Lumsden - Butler George
George Dzundza - Paul Landers
Edward Tudor-Pole - Reissar - a British Partner (as Edward Tudor Pole)
Roddy Maude-Roxby - Thompson, British Partner
Richard Warwick - Basil Fields, British Partner
John Rapley - Gun Shop Salesman
Catherine Neilson - Irene Saunders
Marisa Berenson - Kay Gibson, Film Star
Richard Vanstone - Phil Duncan, Film Star
Jamie Koss - Mrs. Duncan
Anne Dunkley - Scarf Girl in Nightclub Show
David Danns - Bongo Man in Nightclub Show

Taglines: An adventure in obsession...

Release Date: 14 September 1990

Filming Locations: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $24,500,000 (estimated)

Gross: $2,319,124 (USA)

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Did You Know?

His work on the screenplay became the final film work for James Bridges.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When John Wilson is talking to Pete Verrill over breakfast he refers to him as 'Jeff', Jeff Fahey being the real name of the actor.

John Wilson: How 'bout that. I feel pretty good, really. It's like I always tell ya kid, you gotta fight when you think it's the right thing to do. Otherwise, you feel like your gut's full of puss. Even if you get the hell beat outta ya, if ya fight, ya feel ok about it.

User Review

One of Clint Eastwood's most unjustly-neglected movies

Rating: 8/10

One of Clint Eastwood's most unjustly-neglected movies... he directed and stars as a cranky, strong-willed movie director (he's actually playing the real-life John Huston, though his character is called "Wilson" in the movie... and the book it was based on). In Africa to direct an action-comedy ("The African Queen" in real life) Wilson throws the project into turmoil when he suddenly becomes obsessed with hunting and killing an elephant. "It's not a crime... it's bigger than that... it's a SIN," he says by way of justification. It takes a while to get used to Clint trying to play John Huston... trying to talk in a different style of voice than we're used to hearing... but the dialog and story are so compelling that you forget that Clint really is the wrong guy for this role. And yet, by the time the movie reaches it's devastating final line... Clint has made the character his own. As far as Clint's directing work goes... I would rank this film right after "Unforgiven"!


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