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Seven in the Sun (1960)

Gli avventurieri dei tropici (original title)



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Credited cast:
Frank Latimore ...
Marisa Belli ...
Marco Guglielmi
Eduardo Passarelli
Fedele Gentile
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vittoria Febbi
Edoardo Florio
Romano Ghini
Oreste Romoli
Enrico Salvatore
Gino Scotti
Giampaolo Serra


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3 May 1960 (Italy)  »

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Gun runners in Latin America...
4 January 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a somewhat serious melodrama set in the unrest of an underdeveloped wilderness in South America. It is produced by people associated with horror movies. Writer Director Sergio Bergonzelli also wrote and directed In the Folds of the Flesh (Nelle pieghe della carne)... Gianna Maria Cannale has both horror and sword and sandal credits. The writer of the play from which this screenplay was adapted is Gualberto Titta, who wrote mostly horror stories.

On the surface, entrepreneurs are concerned with wood lumbering and with bringing a railroad to a backwoods settlement in El Salvador.

These laborers are incompetent at best. Their work fronts an activity that provides a bigger payoff, arms shipments, smuggling and delivering weapons to support the endless war effort between the military and the rebels.

Without commitment to any cause the "seven in the sun" sell weapons to the highest bidders.

The innocent parties are the indigenous nomadic tribes caught in the crossfire.

Can we blame these Native Americans for violently ambushing the gun runners?

The violence escalates with each new ambush.

The story, which is delivered to English speaking audiences by way of an adaptation by Frank Gregory, depicts characters having no socially redeeming qualities, although the star, Frank Latimore has some moments with a guitar (The music is by Aldo Piga.).

Ostensibly handsome, Frank Latimore, also the movie's producer, is as unsavory as the rest of the cast. Playing a bitter wanderer whose brother (Saro Uzi) betrayed him and stole from him the woman he loves, he arrives on the scene after being released from prison. He is the land surveyor for the railroad company!

He quickly gets involved in the more profitable business of gun running and must be forced by the story to have a change of heart and be a better man.

John Kitzmuller, from Dr. No is the luckless gun-runner driver teased for information by Marissa Beli.

The story does come full circle leaving the cast either dead or somewhat redeemed by the end.

Apparently this movie was shot in color. It looked good in black and white with a visual highlight being a fight in the mud beneath a sunny sky.

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