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Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959)

In the 19th century,during the German colonial rule,railway engineer Robert Adamson arrives in the Kilimanjaro Region to finish building a railroad through hostile territory.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Earl Felton (screenplay), John Gilling (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Taylor ... Robert Adamson
Anthony Newley ... Hooky Hook
Anne Aubrey ... Jane Carlton
Grégoire Aslan ... Ben Ahmed
Allan Cuthbertson ... Sexton
Martin Benson ... Ali
Orlando Martins ... Chief
Donald Pleasence ... Captain
John Dimech ... Pasha
Martin Boddey ... Gunther
Earl Cameron ... Witchdoctor
Harry Baird ... Boraga
Anthony Jacobs Anthony Jacobs ... Mustaph
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At the end of the 19th century,during the German colonial rule,railway engineer Robert Adamson is sent to the Kilimanjaro Region to find out why the railroad construction works have stalled.On the ship taking him to Africa he meets a young East African boy,Pasha, returning home to Africa from his school in the UK.Adamson also meets a young woman,Jane Carlton,traveling to East Africa to find her missing father who was one of the railroad engineers. Adamson strikes a strong friendship with both.He promises to the young native boy a ride on the train once the railroad is completed and also promises to the young lady to help her find her missing father.Once he arrives in Africa, Adamson finds out that a competing German railroad company will cause him trouble and prevent him from finishing his railroad.He also finds out that his planned route for the new railroad is passing through some very unfriendly and dangerous native tribal areas.On top of everything he still has to help Miss Jane ... Written by nufs68

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Africa as you've never seen it ! See more »

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Adventure

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Killers of Kilimanjaro See more »

Filming Locations:

Nairobi, Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "When the Snow Melts", the autobiography of producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, this picture was one of three from Warwick Films which were "released within a year". The three movies were: 'The Man Inside' (1958), 'Killers of Kilimanjaro' (1959), and 'Tank Force!' aka 'No Time To Die' (1958). See more »

Goofs

In one scene in the village, the native men are dancing. The close shots show Pasha happily bobbing to the music, but the far shots show him motionless. See more »

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Version of The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) See more »

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Handsomely photographed African safari is a rather routine adventure film...
27 April 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ROBERT TAYLOR nearing the end of his career was still making robust adventure films and fitting the roles as well as he did earlier in time. Here he's the safari leader assigned to building a railroad and dealing with treacherous convicts and restless natives while venturing to take a trip through dangerous Watusha territory.

There's plenty of colorful location scenery to create a vivid picture of the long trek and the usual number of obstacles thrown into his path before he and his group reach their destination. It's a story that borrows heavily from the outline of "King Solomon's Mines" without delving into the background of its characters but just directed in routine adventure style by director Richard Thorpe, who had once guided Taylor through several of his MGM films in the old days.

ANTHONY NEWLEY lends breezy support as Taylor's bumbling assistant but the accent is not on the supporting cast of humans but the many African animals that are viewed along the way. Along for the search for her father is pretty ANNE AUBREY in a purely decorative role.

Summing up: Routine safari adventure is enhanced by some handsome location photography and the many wild animals spotted during the trek.


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