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The Roots of Heaven

The Roots of Heaven(1958)

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Brief Synopsis

In Fort Lamy, French Equitorial Africa, idealist Morel (Trevor Howard)launches a one-man campaign to preserve the African elephant from extinction, which he sees as the last remaining "roots of Heaven." At first, he finds only support from Minna (Juliette Greco), hostess of the town's only night club, who is in love with him, and a derelict ex-British Army Major, Forsythe (Errol Flynn.) His crusade gains momentum and he is soon surrounded by an odd assortment of characters: Cy Sedgewick (Orson Welles), an American TV commentator who becomes impressed and rallies world-wide support; a U.S. photographer,Abe Fields (Eddie Albert), who is sent to do a picture story on Morel and stays on to follow his ideals; Saint Denis (Paul Lukas), a government aide ordered to stop Morel; Orsini (Herbert Lom), a professional ivory hunter whose vested interests aren't the same as Morel's; and Waitari (Edric Connor), leader of a Pan-African movement who follows Morel only for the personal good it will do his own campaign.

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MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 15 Oct 1958
Release Date:  1958 Production Date:  [CinemaScope]
Color/B&W:  Color (DeLuxe) Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono (Westrex Recording System) Production Co:  Darryl F. Zanuck Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  130-131 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • Rediscovered: "Roots of Heaven."

    Christopher R. Brennan 2014-09-06

    Yes, as said in other viewer reviews, this is a good, almost fine film. I saw it at a theater in London when I was a child, and was impressed. This... MORE>

  • Would Love To See On TCM Soon

    whyflynnnotmorel 2014-09-06

    Good film,unbelievable that so any animals killed by greedy so-and-sos for ivory sake!Thought this was more the basis for Clint's White Hunter Black... MORE>

  • A fine, overlooked movie.

    Mike L:. 2011-08-04

    That this movie has been overlooked for so long is criminal! A great cast and director...and a damn good story that should have been made available on DVD... MORE>