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Unjustly overlooked in Clint Eastwood's oeuvre, this critical examination of the hubris of machismo predated Unforgiven by just two years and meditated on similar themes. Eastwood plays a macho movie director, in Africa ostensibly to shoot a movie, but more pressingly (to his mind, anyway) to bag an elephant. The story is based loosely on the true story of John Huston's behavior while making The African Queen; Eastwood's Huston imitation (the character here is named Wilson) will no doubt prove distracting to some--he drawls out vowels to the point of breaking--but he captures both the arrogance of and the magnetic force behind the man. The film boasts splendid visuals by cinematographer Jack Green, and the final scene--and Eastwood's performance therein--is nearly heartbreaking. --David Kronke

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Clint EastwoodJohn Wilson
Jeff FaheyPete Verrill
George DzundzaPaul Landers
Edward Tudor-PoleReissar
Marisa BerensonKay Gibson
Christopher FairbankTom Harrison
Alun ArmstrongRalph Lockhart
Clive MantleHarry
Timothy SpallHodkins
Alex NortonZibelinsky

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 112 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 14, 1990
    EuropeAug 31, 1990
    JapanNov 10, 1990
    AustraliaJul 25, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 2, 2003
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