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The Americano (1955)

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An American working on a ranch in the Amazon comes up against a gang of Brazilian bandits.

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Bento Hermany
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Manuel Silvera / 'El Gato' / Barbossa
Ursula Thiess ...
Marianna
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Teresa
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Cristino
Salvador Baguez ...
Captain Gonzalez
Tom Powers ...
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Barney Dent
Frank Marlowe ...
Captain of Ship
George Navarro ...
Tuba Masero
Nira Monsour ...
Tuba's Sister (as Nyra Monsour)
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An American Rancher takes a small herd of Brahma bulls to Brazil where he has sold them for a small fortune. There, he finds himself in the middle of a range war......and in love. His concern, who are really his friends and who are his enemies? Written by WesternWildcard

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24 March 1955 (Portugal)  »

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Americano  »

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Sara Montiel was originally cast for the role of Teresa and filmed some sequences in the Matto Grosso jungle. There are stills where she is seen handling a big snake, possibly an anaconda, along with Glenn Ford, Cesar Romero and others in the cast. In her 2000 autobiography Sara relates how the production ran out of money in Brazil and everybody was sent back to Hollywood with canceled contracts. Months later she was called to resume filming but by then she had signed with Warner Bros. and could not finish "El Americano." She was replaced by Abbe Lane and her scenes were re-shot. See more »

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When Silvera's gang stops Sam and Bento in the jungle, Sam says he'll go along with them because "it's hard to argue with four guns." There are five men holding five guns on the pair. See more »

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[first lines]
Stevie: Pa, how far is Brazil?
Barney Dent: That's a long way away, Stevie - clear across the world.
Daughter: Is it as far as Amarillo?
Barney Dent: Yeah, farther!
Stevie: Why are our bulls going to Brazil?
Barney Dent: Because we sold 'em to a rancher down there.
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The Americano
Lyrics by Tom Smith
Music by Xavier Cugat and George Rosner
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Sloppy and dull.
21 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Two brothers have a contract to sell three Brahma bulls to a rancher in South America. They will get a fortune for these bulls--enough so they can buy a big spread of their own. Once one brother (Glenn Ford) arrives in South America, however, he finds things a bit confusing--who is who in a range war raging in the Brazilian forests? There are three different sides vying for power and Ford is left wondering just who he can trust.

This is a sloppy and slow-paced film. It takes a terribly long time for anything to happen and it's just not that interesting a film. But what irritated me was how sloppy the film looked and sounded. It was supposed to be Brazil--so why was everyone speaking Spanish, not Portuguese. Too much scratchy old stock footage is used--and I have no idea why, since they actually DID go to South America to film part of the movie. In addition, I laughed when I saw an American Mountain Lion--painted black to look like a Jaguar! It was very clearly NOT a Jaguar. And, the film showed some American Alligators and one of the characters talked about the danger in the forest from Cobras--which are found only in Africa and Asia. While I don't look for perfection in a film, such sloppiness is irritating and shows a lack of regard for the audience. The same can be said in regard to the pacing--it's as if they know they had a bad film and didn't care.

The worst moment in the film? It could have been when the cockatiel was ogling the woman bathing in the lagoon. However, I can't say this for sure because about 90% through the film I gave up and turned it off--it was THAT bad. And, for your information, I almost always watch all of the films I review and do this about 99.76% of the time.


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