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« on: February 03, 2010, 05:57:37 PM »

Dir. Roy Boulting. Starring Richard Widmark and Jane Greer.

The narrative feels more like a compressed version of three features than an adventure film, but it works well enough. Though the film gets really dumb by act three: serious logic issues. The pacing is really impressive, entertaining throughout. But the ending makes the last 5 mins of a Macgyver episode seem plausible.

It's always nice to see Jane Greer in something worthy and I'm a big fan of Widmark, so I'd give this a 7-8; but I doubt most would be as generous because the movie unravels in act three. The first two acts could be potentially be great remakes. There is also a questionable decision made by Widmark's character that some my not agree with. It's a great scene, so I don't punish it too much.

The score is standard stuff but the set design has aged very well, nice location and interior design.

There is a respectable transfer streaming on youtube as I type this--thought the audio is a bit out of synch--it's not distracting though. It's definitely worth a look for those who haven't seen it. There are some very good moments

And can anyone recommend me any old hollywood adventure films that are preferably shot in technicolor with a jungle/exotic setting? I'm looking mostly for B movies, not obvious stuff like The African Queen or noirs set in foreign lands: Macao, Beat the Devil, etc. Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2010, 08:23:29 PM »

The Naked Prey (1966)  Afro Afro Afro

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2010, 09:54:44 PM »

Yeah, this pales to stuff like 'Prey' and Walkabout. RftS is just a fun, flawed, quick paced adventure movie.

*lol forgot that I added a recommendation part. I've seen that movie a while back but you reminded me that I need to re-watch it.

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2017, 10:23:10 AM »

I'm a bit surprised this has a topic of its own, to be honest.

It's an entertaining enough fast-paced exotic adventure, but 6.5/10 is its height as far as the rating goes (from my part). Jane Greer is the best here, Widmark I never really cared much about, Howard seems misused and disinterested, Peter van Eyck has little character motivation (I mean, he's a Nazi, what am I talking about) or screen time. Some nice locations and sets.

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