White Hunter Black Heart – 1990

White Hunter Black Heart - 1990 - Clint Eastwood Movies


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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White Hunter Black Heart - 1990 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Cast (first billed)

  • Clint Eastwood – John Wilson
  • Jeff Fahey – Pete Verrill
  • Charlotte Cornwell – Miss Wilding, Wilson’s Secretary
  • Norman Lumsden – Butler George


  • Clint Eastwood


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.

Critical Reception

” It could have been a fascinating character study of silver screen illusions and obsessions, but too much of the film is marred by Eastwood’s pedestrian direction (POV shots from a monkey?) and by Pete Viertel’s self-promoting autobiographical screenplay, presenting himself (as ‘The African Queen’ co-writer “Pete Verrill”) in a too transparently flattering portrait: honest, handsome, and (of course) a “brilliant” artist.” – Michael Neumann – IMDB

” Eastwood plays the fictional representation of Huston to the hilt, creating one of his most memorable roles. This is a film that you have to work at. If you know a little of the history, though, it is well worth seeing.
” – Reb9 – IMDB

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