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Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)

Rock Dean and Dr. Andrea Romar travel up the Amazon River to find out why the plantation workers have left their work in panic, allegedly because of attacks from Curucu, a monster who is ... See full summary »

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Rock Dean
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Dr. Andrea Romar
Tom Payne ...
Tupanico
Harvey Chalk ...
Father Flaviano
Larri Thomas ...
Vivian - the dancer
Wilson Viana ...
Tico
Frank Bevan
Sérgio de Oliveira ...
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Roberto Aurel
Luz del Fuego
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Ayres Campos
Rosa María
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Rock Dean and Dr. Andrea Romar travel up the Amazon River to find out why the plantation workers have left their work in panic, allegedly because of attacks from Curucu, a monster who is said to live up the river where no white man has ever been before... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Actually filmed in the Amazon Jungle in spectacular Eastman Color! See more »

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December 1956 (USA)  »

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Curucu, die Bestie vom Amazonas  »

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$155,000 (estimated)
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Director Curt Siodmak said of this film, "I shot it down there [in Brazil], in the jungles. I never recovered, physically". See more »

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Dean and Romar are supposedly exploring the Amazon. In a later scene they pass the magnificent Iguazu Falls -- which are on the Brazil-Argentine border, far to the south, nowhere near the Amazon. See more »

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Tupanico: A beast with claws like that of a giant bird.
Captain of Police: A crocodile, perhaps?
Tupanico: A crocodile is no bird.
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Featured in Coming Soon (1982) See more »

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National Anthem of Brazil
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Music by Francisco Manuel da Silva
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Tagline says It All!
18 February 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

"Like nothing you have ever seen" states the tagline for this film, and it is accurate beyond belief. This film is beyond description in many ways. The story details how a plantation owner and a doctor go up the Amazon in search of a Head-shrinking tribe and a mythical beast. The beast looks incredibly inept and totally silly, as is the plot for this film. The leads are horrible, particularly Beverly Garland as the sassy doctor out to always prove herself. Her expressions, not to mention her screams, are enough reason to see the film. I cannot remember laughing so hard at a film. Although the settings are genuine, the folksy South American tune in the background throughout most of the film only serves to belittle any real tension the film might have provided. The direction is poor and the camerawork even poorer. One sequence in particular, when Garland and male lead "Rock" run up a tree to avoid being trampled by a herd of water buffaloes is a real hoot! The scenes were laid on top of each other and just look so idiotic. A great film to ridicule with friends or just for private laughs!


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