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Director  Michael Winner
Music director  Francis Lai
Country  United Kingdom
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Adventure, War
Language  English
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Release date  23 July 1969 (1969-07-23)
Writer  Michael Winner (original story), Tom Wright (original story), Dick Clement (screenplay), Ian La Frenais (screenplay)
Screenplay  Michael Winner, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Cast  Oliver Reed (Brooks), Michael J. Pollard (Packy), Wolfgang Preiss (Col. von Haller), Karin Baal (Vronia), Helmuth Lohner (Willi), Peter Carsten (Kurt)
Similar movies  Alexander, Horton Hears a Who!, Free Jimmy, Smokey and the Bandit II, Hatari!, Zenobia
Tagline  Supersoldier in the Super Adventure

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A British prisoner of war is assigned to take care of an elephant in a zoo. Along with an American and an Austrian he escapes with the elephant and heads for the Swiss border. They use the elephant to gain access across the border. A Polish girl betrays them and aligns herself with the Nazis.


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Hannibal Brooks is a 1969 British war comedy film directed by Michael Winner and written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement based on a story by Winner and Tom Wright. The film follows a prisoner of war attempts to escape from Nazi Germany to Switzerland during World War II, accompanied by an Asian elephant. It stars Oliver Reed, Michael J. Pollard and Wolfgang Preiss. The beginning is based on the experiences of the writer Tom Wright who, while a prisoner of war, worked at Munich Zoo to care for their elephant "Lucy". It has also been attributed to the true story of Olga the elephant rescued from Vienna Zoo in 1944. The title is a reference to the Carthaginian military commander Hannibal who led an army of war elephants over the Alps.

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A POW in World War II is put to work in a Munich zoo, looking after an Asian elephant. The zoo is bombed by the Americans and the director of the zoo decides it is not safe for his Asian elephant Lucy to remain there. So he sends Brooks to safety with Lucy. They escape and go on the run in order to get to Switzerland.

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Stephen "Hannibal" Brooks is a British prisoner of war officer put to work in a Munich zoo, looking after an Asian elephant called Lucy. When the zoo is bombed by the Americans the zoos director determines it is unsafe for the elephant to remain there. So he sends Brooks along with hostile German soldier Kurt, a friendly German soldier named Willy, and Vronia, a female cook to accompany the elephant to Innsbruck Zoo via train.

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They are forced to walk when an SS commander tells Brooks that the elephant is not allowed on the train. In Austria, Kurt threatens to shoot Lucy while drunk and Brooks accidentally kills Kurt. Brooks, Lucy, Willy and Vronia are forced to run towards the Swiss border. They are helped along the way by an American escapee named Packy who has formed a group of partisans to fight the Germans in Austria, after many run-ins with the Nazis. Half way there, Lucy gets mumps, so Brooks finds an Austrian doctor to look after her, while Vronia and Willy run to Willys parents house. Vronia and Willy are captured, and later are joined by Brooks. Brooks and Willy are rescued by Packy and continue to race towards Switzerland with Lucy. Unfortunately, along the way Willy is shot by the Nazis while helping Brooks to escape.

When Brooks gets close to the border with Lucy, he is met with German Col. von Haller, the SS commander who told him to walk to Switzerland and Vronia, who has changed sides after being captured. Von Haller proposes the three go together to Switzerland as he intends to defect due to Germanys deteriorating military position. They are joined by Packy and his partisans near a German border post. The plan is to use von Haller to bluff their way though, but he betrays them. Vronia died trying to warn the others and is shot in the back. After another long fight with the Germans, Brooks and Lucy eventually make it to Switzerland with Packy and his remaining partisans.


  • Oliver Reed as Stephen Hannibal Brooks
  • Michael J. Pollard as Packy
  • Wolfgang Preiss as Col. von Haller
  • Helmuth Lohner as Willi
  • Peter Carsten as Kurt
  • Karin Baal as Vronia
  • Aida The Elephant as Lucy
  • Ralf Wolter as Doctor Mendel
  • John Alderton as Bernard
  • Jurgen Draeger as Semi
  • Ernst Fritz Furbringer as Elephant keeper Kellerman
  • Erik Jelde as Zoo director Stern
  • James Donald as Padre
  • References

    Hannibal Brooks Wikipedia
    Hannibal Brooks IMDb Hannibal Brooks