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)
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
Miss Wilding, Wilson's Secretary
Reissar – a British Partner
(as Edward Tudor Pole)
Thompson, British Partner
Basil Fields, British Partner
Gun Shop Salesman
Kay Gibson, Film Star
Phil Duncan, Film Star
Scarf Girl in Nightclub Show
Bongo Man in Nightclub Show
An adventure in obsession…
Release Date: 14 September 1990
Filming Locations: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
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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.
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.
One of Clint Eastwood's most unjustly-neglected movies
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