Based on Peter Viertel's novel Roman a Clef
, WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART uses the making of a classic film, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, as the setting for an investigation into the creative process. It's also the story of one enigmatic film director as told by another. Star-director Clint Eastwood plays
a thinly disguised John Huston, here called John Wilson.
Set in 1951, the film begins as Wilson has summoned an old friend, writer Pete Verrill (Jeff Fahey), to his Irish estate to recruit him for his latest project--the title of which he never can remember--about a salty, hard-drinking boat captain and a prissy schoolmarm who take on the German navy in