The Last Safari

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The Last Safari
The Last Safari.jpg
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Written by John Gay
Based on novel Gilligan's Last Elephant by Gerald Hanley
Starring
Music by John Dankworth
Cinematography Ted Moore
Edited by John Bloom
Production
company
Paramount Film Services
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • 1 November 1967 (1967-11-01)
Running time
110 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office 297,680 admissions (France)
1,095,900 admissions (Spain)[1]

The Last Safari is a 1967 British adventure film directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars Kaz Garas and Stewart Granger.[2] It was based on the novel, Gilligan's Last Elephant by Gerald Hanley.

Plot[edit]

Miles Gilchrist (Stewart Granger) is a big game hunter in Africa. He goes on a safari to shoot an elephant who killed his friend. He is accompanied by Casey (Kaz Garas), an American millionaire intrigued by Gilchrist's story, and Grant (Gabriella Licudi), Casey's half-caste girlfriend.

Miles feels he is to blame for his friend's death, and has to redeem himself. He sees hunter Alec Beaumont (Liam Redmond) refusing to eat with Grant, an indication of how life is different in Africa. Casey and Miles help to save a group of white hunters ambushed in a Masai village.

Later, Miles and Casey are nearly killed by a herd of charging elephants, led by a rogue elephant. Casey refuses to fire knowing Miles also won't shoot, but is not afraid. Casey bids Miles farewell and leaves Africa and Grant, who stays behind in the hopes of finding a new benefactor.

Cast[edit]

  • Kaz Garas as Casey
  • Stewart Granger as Miles Gilchrist
  • Gabriella Licudi as Grant
  • Johnny Sekka as Jama
  • Liam Redmond as Alex Beaumont
  • Eugene Deckers as Refugee leader
  • David Munya as Chongu
  • John De Villiers as Rich
  • Wilfred Moore as Game warden
  • Jean Parnell as Mrs. Beaumont
  • Bill Grant asCommissioner
  • John Sutton as Harry
  • Kipkoske as Gavai
  • Labina as Village chief

Production[edit]

The Last Safari was the first of a four-picture deal between Hathaway and Paramount.[3] Kaz Garas was an actor under contract to Hal Wallis.[4]

The film involved five weeks location shooting in Kenya.[5][6] The corporate jet used in the film was a Learjet 23 leased from Busy Bee. It was painted in zebra stripes for use in the film.[7]

Reception[edit]

The Los Angeles Times called The Last Safari, "... a most satisfying film of its kind".[8]

Stewart Granger later called this "my last real film... the worst film ever made in Africa!"[9]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France." Box Office Story. Retrieved: 20 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Review: 'The Last Safari'." AllMovie. Retrieved: 20 July 2016.
  3. ^ Martin, B. "Harris joins 'caprice' cast." Los Angeles Times, 5 March 1966.
  4. ^ Martin, B. "Movie call sheet." Los Angeles Times, 19 November 1966.
  5. ^ Thomas, K. "Hathaway in mood to sound off." Los Angeles Times, 11 June 1966.
  6. ^ Neely, D. "Hathaway fed up with hefty extras". Los Angeles Times, 16 January 1967.
  7. ^ Børke, Rolf (27 December 1966). "Norske flyvere spiller film i Afrika med Stewart Granger som motpart". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). p. 6. 
  8. ^ Thomas, K. "'The Last Safari' in multiple screenings." Los Angeles Times, 10 November 1967.
  9. ^ MacFarlane 1997, p. 230.

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