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12 February 1954 (USA) See more »
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A gorgeous American arrives in Brazilian headhunter country, seeking her scape-grace fiancé. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Fernando Lamas ... Rio Galdez

Rhonda Fleming ... Alice Parker

Brian Keith ... Tony

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Pedro Martines (as Lon Chaney)
Richard Denning ... Jerry Russell

Rita Moreno ... Maroa
Marvin Miller ... Jivaro Chief Kovanti
Morgan Farley ... Vinny
Pascual García Peña ... Sylvester, Rio's aide (as Pascual Pena)
Nestor Paiva ... Jacques

Kay Johnson ... Umari
Charles Lung ... The Padre (as Charlie Lung)
Gregg Barton ... Edwards
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugenia Paul ... Native Bit (unconfirmed)
Rosa Turich ... Native Bit (unconfirmed)
Richard Bartell ... Locket Native (uncredited)
Marian Mosick ... Mrs. Sylvester (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Ludwig 
 
Writing credits
David Duncan (story)

Winston Miller 

Produced by
William H. Pine .... producer
William C. Thomas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gregory Stone 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon 
 
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
 
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Wallace Kelley .... director of photography: second unit (as Wallace Kelley)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
 
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92 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #16642, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Is DVD available?, 20 October 2008
Author: Barney_Beers1947 from United States

This is Mrs. Sheila Beers, writing with the permission of Barney Beers. I saw this movie on a black and white television as a child about 45-50 years ago, and I only can imagine how much better it is in color. However, through missionaries I had heard of the fierce Jivaro Indians, and I found "Jivaro" a compelling story. I still believe the film is much more than an adventure-romance story and that it has more to offer than viewers of the 1950s realized. Now that there is so much interest in saving the Brazilian rain forest, I believe "Jivaro" is even more relevant today. The theme is timeless, being the clash between primitive cultures and the modern world. Since New World exploration in the 1500s, the Jivaro Indians of South America were known as headhunters and cannibals, but a lesser known fact is that South America's richest gold deposits were (and still are) located in Jivaro territory. Although Brazil was settled by the Portuguese, the Spanish who settled Peru, Ecuador, and other countries that border Brazil, soon learned of the Jivaro's treasure and wanted the gold to defeat Protestantism in Europe. In spite of their primitive nature, the Jivaros (like other primitive tribes of South America) knew how to mine gold and refine it. Through their reputation as fierce headhunters and cannibals, the Jivaros protected their wealth. In the late 1500s the Spanish dared to build the city of Logrono, population 25,000, on the border of Brazil. The city provided housing for miners, settler families, and administrators who wanted to send the gold to Spain. Wanting to deflect the invaders, the Jivaros, armed only with spears and possibly blow guns and clubs, wiped out the city in 1599. They killed everyone but the young women they could assimilate into their tribe for breeding. The city, built mostly of wood, was burned to the ground and mostly absorbed by the jungle. For centuries afterward the Jivaros killed any Europeans or Americans who encroached on their territory. When the Jivaros eventually were Christianized in the late 20th century, missionaries noted some members of the tribe had lighter complexions and more body hair, attesting to their descent from the Spanish women taken from Logrono. Because of this fascinating piece of Brazilian history, I would like to see "Jivaro" made available on DVD. By seeing the movie, people could learn more about South Americam cultures and relate the story to current issues about the rain forest.

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