White Hunter Black Heart

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

A violent man given to violent action.

to his personal mania for self-destruction.

inaccurate to me.

That's why I had to write all this about John.

A brilliant, screw-you-all type filmmaker...

laws of the motion picture business...

to always land on his feet.

Mr. Verrill?|Hello, I'm Miss Wilding.

- How are you?|- Did you have a good flight?

- Wonderful. Thank you.|- Mr. Wilson is expecting you.

- How was Switzerland?|- Switzerland? Fine.

Eggerton Gardens, please.

Yes, ma'am.

- I thought he was at Claridge's.|- He was.

He's got a house now.

One of his society friends loaned it to him.

You know what John is.

I mean, Mr. Wilson.

Hello, George. This is Mr. Verrill.|Is Mr. Wilson up yet?

Oh, yes. He's been up hours.|Been riding.

He's having his breakfast now.

Come in.

Mr. Verrill is here, Mr. Wilson.

- Pete!|- Johnny!

For God's sake!

- How the hell are you?|- All right.

Well, you're looking good, kid.

- What have you been up to?|- Skiing and sitting in the sun.

Isn't that swell?

- I missed you, kid.|- I missed you too, John.

- Same old Pete.|- Yeah.

- Care for some coffee?|- I'm fine.

- This is some joint you got.|- Isn't it?

- Did you get a load of the living room?|- Did I ever!

Isn't it the most hideous thing?|I'm crazy about it.

Miss Wilding, you can get the hell|out of here. There's no work today.

Well, what do you think of this outfit?

Hey, that's some getup|you got there, Johnny.

Of course it is.

Now, what about you?|What about the book?

I didn't get very much done on the book.

Why? Or would you prefer|not to talk about it?

I don't mind. I just couldn't get started.

An then when I did,|I got hooked up with some dame.

- Hell, isn't it?|- It sure is.

And once it's over, you can't figure out|why it all seemed so damn important.

There's nothing tougher|than trying to remember...

...why you chased a dame|once you've had her.

Yeah, I'll say. And I didn't get|much skiing done because of her.

Well, that's a shame. I think I've got|the cure for that, though: Africa.

You come down there with me|and you work on this script.

- You really think that's gonna help me?|- Even if it doesn't, you've got to do it.

There are times when you can't wonder|whether it's the right or wrong thing to do.

Not for guys like you and me, kid.|You just gotta pack up and go.

I gotta get started on this book.

If you didn't write it before,|you weren't ready.

- You think so?|- I know so.

Well, when do you plan on leaving?

In a week or 10 days. We'll work here|and then we'll get our shots and take off.

- And who's gonna be in this picture?|- We have Phil Duncan and Kay Gibson.

That's good. How long are you|planning on staying there?

Oh, four or five months.|Long enough to make a picture.

- And have ourselves a safari.|- Safari?

Yeah, haven't you ever wanted|to shoot an elephant?

- No, I don't think so, John.|- Well, a lion or a buffalo.

This is a safari, kid. The real thing.

- Who's gonna pay for all this?|- Don't worry.

What's your financial situation?

- It remains unchanged.|- So you're broke?

Depends on what you call broke.|I owe a quarter million.

- Quarter of a million?|- Closer to 300,000.

- $300,000, John, and you're not worried?|- I think about it now and then.

- Do you see a way out?|- This picture.

Now do you see why|I want to go to Africa?

I've got nothing else to lose.|Even if a lion or a buffalo gets me...

...my last minute on earth|will be a happy one.

I'll just think of my creditors when they|find out I've been eaten alive...

...and it'll all seem worthwhile.

Okay, okay, John. How about a script?

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Peter Viertel

Peter Viertel (16 November 1920 – 4 November 2007) was an author and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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