The Fiercest Heart
|The Fiercest Heart|
|Directed by||George Sherman|
|Produced by||George Sherman|
|Written by||Edmund H. North|
|Music by||Irving Gertz|
|Edited by||20th Century Fox|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
The Fiercest Heart is a 1961 American adventure film in CinemaScope and Color by De Luxe starring Stuart Whitman and Juliet Prowse, also featuring 1960 Summer Olympics decathlon champion Rafer Johnson. It is set in 1830s South Africa and based on the 1955 novel of the same name by Stuart Cloete.
Three men escape from a prison garrison in South Africa, 1837. As they encounter a tribe of Boers led by Willem Prinsloo who are trekking into the country's interior, one of the fugitives, Steve Bates, a British soldier, immediately develops a romantic interest in Prinsloo's beautiful granddaughter, Francina.
Bates and his fellow escapees, his African friend Nzobo and a brutal criminal, Harry Carter, help hold off a raid by Zulu warriors, but Prinsloo is badly wounded. To the fury of Barent Beyer, a man who loves Francina, her grandfather's last wish before he dies is that Bates now become the group's leader.
The jealous Barent sets an ambush to kill Bates, but before he can, he is felled by a Zulu spear. Carter, too, ends up dead, Bates avenging an assault on Francina. What remains of the group is able to go back to Francina's farm in peace after the Zulu chief is killed in battle by Nzobo.
- Stuart Whitman as Bates
- Juliet Prowse as Francina
- Raymond Massey as Willem Prinsloo
- Geraldine Fitzgerald as Tante
- Rafer Johnson as Nzobo
- Ken Scott as Carter
- Michael David as Barent
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