White Hunter Black Heart (1990) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.6/ 10 (5770 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Malpaso Productions [us]
Rastar Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(France) - May 1990
(France) - 16 May 1990
(West Germany) - 24 May 1990
(Denmark) - 25 May 1990
(Finland) - 25 May 1990

Running Time

An adventure in obsession...

1950s, africa, airplane, american, animal-attack, anti-semitic-slur, anti-semitism, antonyms-in-title, based-on-novel, based-on-true-story, color-in-title, death-of-friend, directed-by-star, director, elephant, film-making, fistfight, great-white-hunter, hotel, hunting, jewish, london-england, monkey, movie-producer, native-tribe,

Technical Support
CAM:Panaflex Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
LAB:Technicolor, USA
MET:3079 m - (Sweden)
MET:3090 m - (Finland)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Armstrong, Alun as [Ralph Lockhart] <19>
  2. Asquith, Conrad as [Ogilvy, White Hunter] <29>
  3. Chuma, Boy Mathias as [Kivu] <27>
  4. Danns, David as [Bongo Man in Nightclub Show] <15>
  5. Dzundza, George as [Paul Landers] <5>
  6. Eastwood, Clint as [John Wilson] <1>
  7. Fahey, Jeff (I) as [Pete Verrill] <2>
  8. Fairbank, Christopher as [Tom Harrison, Art Director] <18>
  9. Freeman, Myles (I) as [Ape Man in Nightclub Show] <16>
  10. Hutchings, Geoffrey as [Squadron Leader Alec Laing] <17>
  11. Jacobs, Martin as [Dickie Marlowe, White Hunter] <22>
  12. Lumsden, Norman as [Butler George] <4>
  13. Malunga, Norman as [Desk Clerk] <23>
  14. Mantle, Clive as [Harry] <20>
  15. Maude-Roxby, Roddy as [Thompson, British Partner] <7>
  16. Norton, Alex (I) as [Zibelinsky] <25>
  17. Rapley, John as [Gun Shop Salesman] <9>
  18. Spall, Timothy as [Hodkins, Bush Pilot] <24>
  19. Tudor-Pole, Edward as (as Edward Tudor Pole) [Reissar - a British Partner] <6>
  20. Vanstone, Richard as [Phil Duncan, Film Star] <12>
  21. Warwick, Richard (I) as [Basil Fields, British Partner] <8>
  22. Whaley, Andrew as (as Andrew Whalley) [Photographer] <28>
  23. Berenson, Marisa as [Kay Gibson, Film Star] <11>
  24. Cornwell, Charlotte as [Miss Wilding, Wilson's Secretary] <3>
  25. David, Eleanor as [Dorshka Zibelinsky] <26>
  26. Dunkley, Anne as [Scarf Girl in Nightclub Show] <14>
  27. Koss, Jamie as [Mrs. Duncan] <13>
  28. Martin, Mel (I) as [Mrs. MacGregor] <21>
  29. Neilson, Catherine as [Irene Saunders] <10>


  1. Adventure
  2. Drama

Full Plot

The world famous movie director John Wilson 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. Mattias Thuresson Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 490,948 (France) AD: 23,993 (Germany) BT: USD 24,500,000 GR: USD 2,319,124 (USA) SD: 13 June 1989 - August 1989

Movie Certificate

T (Spain)
L (Iceland)
12 (West Germany)
12 (South Korea)
M/12 (Portugal)
K-3 (Finland)(new rating: 2001)
Atp (Argentina)
PG (Australia)
S (Finland)
10 (Norway)
11 (Sweden)
PG (Singapore)

Music Composers

  1. Niehaus, Lennie


  1. Green, Jack N. (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Mollo, John


Columbia TriStar Home Video [it] - (????) (Italy) (video)
Fazer Musiikki Oy/Fazer Video [fi] - (1991) (Finland) (VHS)
Mainostelevisio (MTV3) [fi] - (1995) (2009) (Finland) (TV)
Sandrew Metronome Distribution [fi] - (2004) (Finland) (DVD)
Sandrews [se] - (2003) (Sweden) (DVD)
Warner Bros. Finland [fi] - (1990) (Finland) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1990) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [de] - (1990) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [es] - (1990) (Spain) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [fr] - (1990) (France) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [it] - (1990) (Italy) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [se] - (1990) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [de] - (1991) (Germany) (VHS)
Warner Home Video [us] - (1991) (USA) (VHS) (pan and scan)
Warner Home Video [us] - (19??) (USA) (DVD)
Warner Home Vidéo [fr] - (2003) (France) (DVD)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (video)

Film Editors

  1. Cox, Joel (I)


  1. Abercrombie, Ian (voice-over) (uncredited)
  2. Barla, Marco (unit publicist: USA)
  3. Bell, Richard (VII) (consultant: white water unit)
  4. Birrell, Fiona (location physician: Zimbabwe) (as Dr. Fiona Birrell)
  5. Chikoto, Titus (camp manager) (as Titus Chitokodo)
  6. Clapp, Nikki (script supervisor)
  7. Clayton, Aron (production assistant) (uncredited)
  8. Cochrane, Ian (helicopter pilot: white water unit)
  9. Cochrane, Ian (pilot: aerial unit)
  10. Danaher, Tom (pilot: aerial unit)
  11. Daubeny, Nick (location manager: UK)
  12. Demetriou, Robin (catering manager)
  13. Glanfield, Julie (contact: London)
  14. Haddon, Nigel (rubber duck lieutenant: white water unit)
  15. Harrison, Pat (I) (location manager: Zimbabwe)
  16. Jacobs, Marianne (location coordinator: Zimbabwe)
  17. Jenkins, Ben (I) (production runner: UK)
  18. Jones, Peter (X) (engineer: white water unit)
  19. Keene, Sara (unit publicist: UK) (as Sarah Keene)
  20. Lemmer, Chris (rubber duck captain: white water unit)
  21. Martens, Rob (monkey wrangler)
  22. Maurer, Michael (I) (production accountant: USA)
  23. Moore, Randall Jay (animal handler: elephant)
  24. Nixon, Gary (I) (assistant accountant) (uncredited)
  25. Pelly, Michael (location physician: Zimbabwe) (as Dr. Michael Pelly)
  26. Phillips, Arlene (choreographer)
  27. Regan, Carol (production coordinator)
  28. Rooker, Tom (assistant: Mr. Eastwood)
  29. Russell, Murray (location manager: Zimbabwe)
  30. Stockley, Jim (animal trainer: elephant) (uncredited)
  31. Street, Roy (horse master)
  32. Tarry, Arthur (production accountant: UK)
  33. Tye, Li Chin (nurse)
  34. Van Wyk, Annie (nurse)


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. John Wilson: Wake me up if we crash into the mountain. I wouldn't want to miss that. John Wilson: I would like to tell you a little story. Mrs. MacGregor: Oh, I love stories. John Wilson: Well, you mustn't interrupt now, because you're way too beautiful to interrupt people. When I was in London in the early 40's, I was dining one evening at the Savoy with a rather select group of people, and sitting next to me was a very beautiful lady, much like yourself. Mrs. MacGregor: Now you're pulling my leg. John Wilson: Now, just listen, dear. Well, we were dining and the bombs were falling, and we were all talking about Hitler and comparing him with Napoleon, and we were all being really brilliant. And then, suddenly, this beautiful lady, she spoke up and said that was the thing she didn't mind about Hitler, was the way he was treating the Jews. Well, we all started arguing with her, of course. Though, mind you, no one at the table was Jewish. But she persisted. Are you listening, honey? Mrs. MacGregor: Mustn't interrupt Daddy. John Wilson: That's right. You're way too beautiful for that. Anyway, she went on to say that that's how she felt about it, that if she had her way, she would kill them all, burn them in ovens, like Hitler. Well, we all sat there in silence. Then finally, I leaned over to her and I said, "Madam, I have dined with some of the ugliest goddamn bitches in my time. And I have dined with some of the goddamndest ugly bitches in this world. But you, my dear, are the ugliest bitch of them all." Well, anyway, she got up to leave and she tripped over a chair and fell on the floor. And we all just sat there. No one raised a hand to help her. And finally when she picked herself up I said to her one more time: "You, my dear, are the ugliest goddamn bitch I have ever dined with." Well, you know what happened? The very next day, she reported me to the American Embassy. And they brought me in for reprimand. And then when they investigated it, they found out she was a German agent. And they locked her up. [smiles] Isn't that amazing? Mrs. MacGregor: Why did you tell me that story? John Wilson: Oh, I don't know. It wasn't because I thought you were a German agent, honey. But I was tempted tonight to say the very same thing to you. I didn't want you to think I had never said it before. You, madam, are the - Well, you know the rest. Pete Verrill: [looking at elephants through binoculars] Oh. I've never seen one before, outside the circus or the zoo. They're so majestic. So indestructible. They're part of the earth. They make us feel like perverse little creatures from another planet. Without any dignity. Makes one believe in God. [chuckles] In the miracle of creation. Fantastic. They're part of a world that no longer exists, Hod. Feeling of unconquerable time. Hodkins: You certainly have a way with words, Pete. No wonder you're a writer. John Wilson: We fought the preliminary for the kikes; now we'll fight the main event for the niggers. Ralph Lockhart: No Hollywood safaris for me. John Wilson: That word has crept into the conversation quite a few times, hasn't it? Ralph Lockhart: Which word is that, sir? John Wilson: Hollywood. I realize it's the name of a place, but the way you say it has an added meaning. Like an insult. Ralph Lockhart: Well, l didn't mean it like that. John Wilson: Don't contradict me, Ralph. I've heard it all before. In the Army, in New York in the theater. Hell, l've heard it everywhere. People say Hollywood when they want to insult you. Well, really Hollywood is just a place where they make a profit. It's a factory town like Detroit or Birmingham or Schaffhausen. Because the cheap element of the town has been so overly advertised it becomes an insult to remind a man he's from there. They're not talking about the people who work there and that try to do something worthwhile. They're talking about the whores when they mention Hollywood. You know what that word means, don't you, Ralph? Ralph Lockhart: Sure. John Wilson: Sure. Whores have to sell the one thing that shouldn't be for sale in the world. And that's love. Of course, there are other kinds of whores than the floozies you frequent. There are whores who sell words and ideas and melodies. I know what l'm talking about because l've done a little hustling in my time. A hell of a lot more than l'd like to admit to. And what l sold when l was whoring l'll never get back. What l'm trying to say, it's the whores who put Hollywood up as a big target. Sure.

Other Titles

  1. Cacciatore bianco, cuore nero (1990) (ENG)

  2. Weißer Jäger, schwarzes Herz (1990) (ENG)

  3. Weißer Jäger, schwarzes Herz (1990) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  2. Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
  3. Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (studio)
  4. West Wycombe House, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (John Wilson's mansion)
  5. Zambia


- The main character portrayed by 'Clint Eastwood' (qv) is based on legendary director 'John Huston (I)' (qv).

- The small steamboat that they used in the whitewater scene is the same boat that 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv)'s character captained in _The African Queen (1951)_ (qv).

- His work on the screenplay became the final film work for 'James Bridges (I)' (qv).

- 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) contested the accuracy of the film.

- 'Jeff Fahey (I)' (qv)'s character is based on 'Peter Viertel' (qv), George Dzundza's on 'Sam Spiegel (I)' (qv); 'Marisa Berenson' (qv)'s on 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) and 'Richard Vanstone' (qv)'s on 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv).

- French visa # 73360.

- Finnish certificate register # 96692 delivered on 10-5-1990.