Oliver Reed stars as a pacifist British prisoner of who gets a chance to escape from a German detention camp by taking an elephant to the Swiss border and over the Alps. Reed, more accustomed to playing roles of glowering menace, is cast against type as the lovable Brooks in this fantastical tale. Shot on location in Austria and featuring some astounding alpine vistas.
The same year he made Hannibal Brooks Oliver Reed appeared in a film directed by his famous uncle, Sir Carol Reed. The film was Oliver, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Film, beating out 2001 and Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet.
UK | 102 minutes | 1969
Director: Michael Winner
Script: Dick Clement Ian La Frenais Michael Winner Tom Wright
Oliver Reed as Brooks
Michael J. Pollard as Packy
Wolfgang Preiss as Col. von Haller
Karin Baal as Vronia
Helmuth Lohner as Willi
Peter Carsten as Kurt
Ralf Wolter as Dr. Mendel
Jürgen Draeger as Sami
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer as Kellerman