White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Drama


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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.


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Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Peter Viertel (novel), Peter Viertel (screenplay), James Bridges (screenplay), Burt Kennedy (screenplay)

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23 June 2004 | hokeybutt
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| Underrated Classic... Clint Eastwood plays John Huston!
(4 outta 5 stars)

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 dialogue 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"... yes, even better than "Mystic River"!

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,450 16 September 1990

Gross USA:

$2,319,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,319,124

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