Film: Hatari

Hatari! is a Howard Hawks film about a team of animal catchers in Africa. Loads and Loads of Characters, each with their own background.
  • Sean Mercer (John Wayne), the leader who's had his heart broken in the past ;
  • Kurt Müller (Hardy Krüger), a racecar driver from Germany, also one of Brandy's love interests ;
  • Dallas (Elsa Martinelli), an Italian photographer who's taking pictures of the animal catching and has a romantic subplot with Sean ;
  • The Indian (Bruce Cabot), the former shooter of the team. Gets gored by a rhino in the beginning and begins to think there's a jinx on hunting rhinos ;
  • Chips (Gérard Blain), also known as The Frenchman, the current shooter. Has a vitrolic friendship with Kurt and a crush on Brandy ;
  • Brandy de la Court (Michčle Girardon), the daughter of the former leader. Has three men vying for her, but chooses Pockets ;
  • Pockets (Red Buttons), a former New York cabbie, the team joker, who prefers to stay away from the animals as they scare him. Also has a thing for Brandy. Has his pockets full of stuff ;
  • Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez (Valentin de Vargas), who doesn't wear pajamas.

Howard Hawks decided not to use a plot for the movie, instead letting the characters develop and tying it together with Book Ends. The cast mostly averts Fake Nationality (except for Sean and Luis. The Indian is also played by an American, but not a Native one), and as a result a lot of the actors aren't on this wiki. Check The Other Wiki for details.

This film provides examples of:

  • AB Negative: Shown Their Work, as the doctor explicitly states that he tried using plasma first on the Indian, but since it wasn't working he needs whole blood, which has to be the same type. Turns out Chips has the right type.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Dallas' introduction is a play on this. Sean goes into his room, takes his boots off, and she wakes up and tells him that she's in his bed. It's perfectly innocent (she arrived late, and so she just picked a random bed to use), but the guys lampshade the implications.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Set in Tanganyika (modern-day Tanzania) and featuring a multinational cast, this crops up now and then.
  • Book Ends: Catching the rhino.
  • Blood Brothers: Chips and the Indian joke about this when the Indian arrives.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Averted. Chips' first scene has Kurt punch him, the rest of the gang hold Kurt back, and Chips diving back in despite being outnumbered. For the record, no cheese is in the movie either.
    Sean: Stop it, will you? You can't whip us all.
    Chips: I can try!
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Kurt only warms up to Chips after he defeats him in a shooting contest. Chips punching him at the end seems to have added to it.
    Chips: Do you still want me now?
    Kurt: *smiling* You got the job.
  • Discriminate and Switch: Sean tells Dallas that they aren't acting condescending towards her because she's a woman, they're taking reasonable precautions around an amateur in a very dangerous job.
  • Ditzy Genius: Pockets. Well, more like silly genius, but you wouldn't expect such a jokey guy to catch 500 monkeys with a rocket.
  • Drawing Straws: When Brandy needs to go bathe in the river, she asks one of the men to come with her (because she can't carry a gun and bathe) and draws straws to decide. Sean breaks his straw, because two of the other men had expressed interest in her before and he was the only one who still thought of her as a kid.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: A lot of Sean's hang-ups about romance come from his first girlfriend, who hated everything in his life and left because she couldn't stand it.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: When Pockets falls off a fence, Brandy immediately rushes to his side, acting far more tender with him than with Kurt and Chips earlier and treating him while holding his hand. Subverted in that it's heavily implied that she had feelings for him beforehand, and saw him being injured as an opportunity.
  • Foreign Language Title: Hatari! is Swahili for Danger!.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Near the end, Sean and Dallas are pretty obviously engaging in foreplay when they're interrupted.
  • Great White Hunter: Sean
  • Last Guy Wins: Pockets is the last guy (we see) to take an interest in Brandy, and the one she chooses.
  • Moment Killer: Pockets breaks up a few of Dallas and Sean's kisses. He lampshades it both times, and once again later. Of course, the ultimate Moment Killer is Dallas' three baby elephants coming in on Sean and Dallas' wedding night.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Played with: Pockets gets drunk, he just doesn't get hungover.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: Very luckily played straight, as all the animals in the chase scenes are actually wild and untrained and the actors themselves do the catching. As far as we know, no animals or people were injured, but the scene where they catch the zebra had to be dubbed over due to John Wayne's cursing.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nearly every member of the cast. A few are justified in that they are multinational and most of their nicknames derive from their real names being hard to pronounce for people with different accents.
    • The Indian's real name is Little Wolf.
    • Chips' real name is Charles Maurey. They found it unpronounceable, and sometimes dub him "The Frenchman" in honor of the Indian.
    • Pockets' real name is never revealed.
    • Dallas' real name is Anna Maria D'Allesandro.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Pockets and Dallas develop into this. Best shown when Dallas is weeping, and all Pockets has to say is "Hey, it's Pockets. What's the matter?" and she explains it all.
  • Practice Kiss / Test Kiss: Dallas invokes this with Sean, asking him how he likes to kiss, and then practicing. Finally, it ends with him grabbing her and kissing her. Unfortunately, Pockets breaks it up.
  • Race for Your Love: with the baby elephants used as sniffer dogs.
  • Rescue Romance: Parodied when Dallas is taking a bath and a cheetah comes in. Pockets comes in and tries to save her, only for Sean and Kurt to come in and reveal that the cheetah is their pet Sonya. Dallas smacks Pockets with a wet towel.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Sean says this of Brandy, once he realizes Kurt is interested in her.
  • Title Drop: When a rocket goes off accidentally, as "hatari" means "danger" in Swahili.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Again, Kurt and the Frenchman.
  • Who's on First?: They get into this a little with the "I don't know" when they are drunk and have just discovered Dallas in Sean's bed.