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The Naked Jungle (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 3 March 1954 (USA)
The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.

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It's 1901. At 19, tough, stubborn Christopher Leiningen came to South America and built levees to claim thousands of acres of Rio Negro river land for a chocolate plantation. Now 34, with no knowledge of women, he recruits a mail-order bride in New Orleans. She's beautiful, independent, and arrives ready to be his stalwart helpmate; however, no one has told him she's a widow. He rejects her. During the next week, as she awaits the boat to take her back to the US, they learn that legions of army ants will strike in a few days' time. She joins the fight to save the plantation; their courage and his probable loss of all he's worked for may crack his resolve to send her away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He feared only two things on earth...the MARABUNTA...Nature's deadliest force, and his fiery New Orleans bride! See more »


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Charlton Heston improvised during the argument scene between Eleanor Parker and himself. It was not scripted that he splash perfume all over her. This move intensified the action and a surprised Parker was able to react accordingly. See more »

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During the first meeting/"confrontation" between Joanna and Christopher there comes a point in the conversation when he asks her if she is 'laughing at him.' As she turns from the dresser to face him at the very upper left corner for approx. 35 frames the moving shadow of what may well be a boom mic can easily be seen as it follows the motion. See more »

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Joanna Leiningen: Do you think this moat will stop them?
Christopher Leiningen: Ants are strictly land creatures. They can't swim. Right, Incacha?
Incacha: Monkeys not swim also. They cross rivers even so.
Christopher Leiningen: The intelligence of monkeys is more than ants, less than man.
Incacha: Is so.
[laughing]
Incacha: When ants come, monkeys run.
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Referenced in Tremors: The Sounds of Silence (2003) See more »

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It couldn't be made today - so let's be thankful it was made when it was
31 July 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

You don't hear the word `jungle' much these days ... Somehow, `The Naked Rainforest' doesn't do it for me. Say `the naked jungle' softly to yourself, and the images that come to mind will give you a good idea of what to expect. No, sadly you won't see the naked Eleanor Parker - this is 1954. But there IS a particularly erotic scene, all things considered...

Okay, maybe a trillion omnivorous ants weren't what you expected, either. Consider them a bonus. This is the story of a mail-order bride and a wealthy plantation owner (the sort of character likely to be played by Charlton Heston) who come to fall in love with each other partly because of savage external forces (ants), and partly, to be honest, because there's not much else to do in the middle of the jungle. The extended coda in which they must fight tooth and nail to save the plantation from ruin is thus not tacked on to the romance, but an integral part of it. And it's exciting even if you don't give a fig for the love story.


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