USA Today - 07/27/2001
"...Russell Harlan's photography is so gorgeous that it got him an Oscar nomination for color work..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2004
"Hawks' wonderfully entertaining shaggy-dog story about game hunters in Africa."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Director Howard Hawks re-teams with John Wayne, who heads a group of highly skilled professional game hunters in Africa. Only they don't use bullets-they capture the ferocious big game with strong rope and cameras for zoos and circus attractions. It is an exciting business that pits man against beast. "Hatari" means danger in Swahili, but Hatari also means a spectacular adventure film. The fine cast also includes Hardy Kruger, Red Buttons and Elsa Martinelli.
John Wayne stars as Sean Mercer, a tough trapper who travels the world to capture animals and sell them to zoos. As he and his ragtag crew roam the plains of Africa searching for giraffes and zebras, they encounter Anna Maria "Dallas" D'Allesandro (Elsa Martinelli), a beautiful photographer who asks to travel with them. While the crew presses on, the excitement of the chase inevitably causes feelings of attraction to grow between gruff Mercer and pretty Dallas. Stunning wildlife photography colors this classic from legendary director Howard Hawks.