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Hannibal Brooks

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A British POW working at a zoo in Germany attempts an escape over the Swiss Alps with his charge... a full grown elephant!

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  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Karin Baal, Michael J. Pollard, John Alderton
  • Directors: Michael Winner
  • Writers: Michael Winner, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Tom Wright
  • Producers: Michael Winner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 2 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0062KMDQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,768 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Nash on December 30, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
At last, this wonderful movie is finally available on DVD. Made by Michael Winner in 1968 in the days when he was making films for the family that didn't involve women being raped and tortured. The story of a British P.O.W. in 1944 helping to lead an elephant over the Alps to freedom in Switzerland was devised by Winner and former P.O.W. Tom Wright and blessed by a great script full of quotable lines by "Likely Lads" writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. Oliver Reed (and the rest of the cast) are great, although the film is stolen by Michael J. Pollard, who has never been better than he is in this film. With great picture postcard photography of Austria (by Robert Paynter) and a terrific score by "Love Story" composer Francis Lai, this is great entertainment and deserves to be better known than it is.

This DVD is on the DVD-R format which thankfully means that it is Region Free (I can confirm this having played it on a Region 2 DVD player). It is a clean print (apart from a few speckles in the closing moments) and in Widescreen (1:1.66). One minor quibble is that when the German characters speak in German, there are no subtitles (the version I previously recorded from BBC 2 does have these subtitles although they are not vital as the German is often translated by some of the other characters). Still it is enough that this film is finally available on DVD and not in the slightly cut version previously shown on BBC2 (the scene in the barn featuring the amorous lovers is shown in full here, although it is nothing to frighten the horses about - this is a family film after all). Fantastic!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy on February 10, 2008
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One of Oliver Reed's lesser known movies. Too bad there isn't a North American release in Widescreen, but this version is still good. Just remember to turn off the Japanese subtitles.
There's some good action and some excellent humour courtesy of Michael J Pollard, an escaped American POW leading a band of POW's and insurgents against the German military machine.
It's a great story and well performed, and something out of the ordinary for a War movie. Oliver Reed was great in anything he did and this is no exception. The only criticism is the soundtrack is a bit overwhelming at times and the cuts between scenes a bit amateurish. The special effects are are OK by today's standard, but would have been right on course for 1969. Still, the movie translates well to today, mainly because of the unique story and the "fish-out-of-water" characters played by Reed & Pollard.
I recommend picking this movie up, anywhere you can. Copies are out there. For the price you won't be disappointed, and it may even become a favorite.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TrueBrit on April 19, 2012
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This is mostly Winner's last European love letter style film before becoming an ex pat Hollywood director. It is transitional in that sense as it features many intense action sequences and situations not seen in his earlier London/UK centric work yet the love of scenery is still apparent. The action work would be played up in his later film like Death Wish. STUNNING SHOTS OF THE ALPS! Great acting, Francis Lai score and of course the elephant is WONDERFUL without being sentimental. another unsung gem of cinema by Winner and Reed. GET THIS FILM!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Van T. Roberts on December 17, 2009
Format: DVD
Before British director Michael Winner made his world-famous or
infamous Charles Bronson revenge thriller "Death Wish," he made a most
unusual World War II movie. Imagine a British P.O.W., played by Oliver
Reed, escaping to Switzerland with an Indian elephant that he has been
ordered to evacuate from a German zoo and you've got the basic plot of
"Hannibal Brooks." In his autobiography "Winner Take All," Winner
remembers that Aida, the elephant, had to be accompanied by another
elephant, each of them tipping the scales at two and half tons! Between
the elephant, the rowdy Reed, and drug-addled Michael J. Pollard,
Winner wound up helming the usual firefights between the Germans and
the escaped prisoners-of-war that make up this slightly overlong war
movie. Winner stages a convoy ambush, a train derailment, avalanches of
logs and stones, and ultimately the destruction of a massive border
guard post with verve. Although it doesn't qualify as a really big
World War II epic like director J. Lee Thompson's "The Guns of
Navarone" or Brian G. Hutton's "Where Eagles Dare," "Hannibal Brooks"
is still above-average because it is so unlike all other World War II
movies.

Patriotism doesn't clap its heels together and storm to the front of
the action. Indeed, James Donald of "The Great Escape" where he
portrayed the Allied P.O.W. Commandant has the only role in "Hannibal
Brooks" that vocalizes patriotism. Meanwhile, the Germans--especially
the S.S.--aren't demonized. Appropriately enough, Winner relied on
Pollard--fresh from his Oscar nominated role in "Bonnie & Clyde"--to
serve as comic relief, and Pollard easily steals the show from Reed and
his gigantic co-star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Hoyle on April 22, 2013
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I saw this movie about 30 or so years ago and I enjoyed this DVD as much now as I did then. It was a new take on Hannibal crossing the mountains eons ago.
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