Hannibal Brooks


1h 42m 1969

Brief Synopsis

A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Action
Adventure
War
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 2 Apr 1969
Production Company
Scimitar Films Ltd.
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Synopsis

During World War II, Brooks, a peace-loving British soldier, is captured by the Germans in Italy and placed on a prison train to Germany. On board, he meets Packy, an American prisoner of war who engineers an escape for them against Brooks's will. They are captured and taken to a prison camp outside Munich. Brooks is assigned to work at the local zoo, where he becomes attached to Lucy, a 15-year-old elephant. The elephant keeper is killed during an air raid; and Brooks is detailed to take Lucy by train to a zoo in Innsbruck, Austria. Their railroad car is commandeered by SS Col. von Haller, however, thus forcing Brooks and Lucy to make the journey by foot. Accompanying them are Willi, a friendly Austrian guard; Vronia, a Polish prisoner who is their cook; and Kurt, a disagreeable German guard who frequently gets drunk and insults both Vronia and the elephant. Brooks accidentally kills Kurt when the latter threatens to shoot Lucy; and Willi suggests they cross the Alps to the Swiss border, 60 miles away. Brooks agrees, but insists upon taking along Lucy. Brooks sets out with Lucy on the long trek across the Alps after Vronia and Willi have gone on ahead. En route, he repeatedly crosses paths with his pursuers, led by von Haller, as well as with Packy, who now leads a guerrilla band of escaped prisoners. Finally, Brooks, Packy, Vronia, and Willi all reach the border, whereupon von Haller, who is deserting as the war nears its end, tries to doublecross them to make good his own escape. During the fighting that breaks out, Vronia and Willi, who have betrayed their loyalties, are killed, but Lucy knocks down a border post and leads Brooks, Packy, and the remnants of his small army, to safety in Switzerland.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Action
Adventure
War
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 2 Apr 1969
Production Company
Scimitar Films Ltd.
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Bavaria. Opened in London in March 1969.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States April 1969

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1969

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1969

Released in United States April 1969