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The Roots of Heaven Details


Romain Gary's best-selling novel The Roots of Heaven was adapted to film in Cinemascope and DeLuxe Color by producer Darryl F. Zanuck. Though billed third, Trevor Howard plays the central character, an idealist who has gone into Africa in hopes of saving the elephants from extinction. At first regarded as a crank, Howard shows he's not kidding by taking a shot at the posterior of a pompous news commentator (Orson Welles). As Howard's crusade gains momentum, several opportunists go along with him, among them a disgraced British military officer (Errol Flynn) hoping to redeem himself. Roots of Heaven represented the last truly worthwhile screen appearance by Errol Flynn, who died less than a year after filming his Errol Flynn death scene. The film itself was shot on location in French Equatorial Africa--a grueling experience for its stars and its director (John Huston), one worthy of a book in itself. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 15, 1958


Errol Flynn
as Maj. Forsythe
Juliette Greco
as Minna
Trevor Howard
as Merel
Eddie Albert
as Abe Fields
Orson Welles
as Cy Sedgewick
Herbert Lom
as Orsini
Paul Lukas
as Saint Denis
Gregoire Aslan
as Habib
André Luguet
as Governor
Edric Connor
as Watari
Pierre Dudan
as Maj. Scholscher
Marc Doelnitz
as De Vries
Maurice Cannon
as Haas
Jacques Marin
as Cerisot
Alain Saury
as A.D.C.
Frederick Ledebur
as Peer Qvist


John Huston
Darryl F. Zanuck
Patrick Leigh-Fermor
Romain Gary
Book Author
Romain Gary
Oswald Morris
Henri Patterson
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
Raymond Gabutti
Art Director
Stephen B. Grimes
Art Director
Bruno Avesani
Set Designer
Rosine Delamare
Costume Designer
Basil Fenton-Smith
Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Etcheverry
Special Effects
Carlo Lastricati
First Assistant Director
Lucie Lichtig