A young man in the jungles of Venezuela meets a strange girl of the forest and falls in love with her.

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A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a revolution. Hoping to find peace, he goes to the mountains and the forests of the Amazon. There he encounters Rima, the Bird Girl, an orphan living a life of nature. It is all an admirable romance telling a tale of "quest, love, and violence." Written by alfiehitchie

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...W.H. Hudson's unforgettable story of love and adventure in the South American jungles! See more »


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3 September 1959 (West Germany)  »

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A Flor Que Não Morreu  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Originally to be produced by RKO in 1932 with Dolores del Rio and Joel McCrea as the stars. See more »

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While walking through the forest looking for her grandfather, Rima's hair changes from being in front of to behind her shoulders between shots. See more »

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Abel: [Strumming a guitar, singing a song for Rima] They say that love is a fragile thing, a linnet's wing, a magic ring made of gold...
Abel: They say that love is a bird in flight, a gleam of light, a star too bright to behold...
Abel: Tell me, tell me, tell me, Oh child of the moon. Is it as they say? Must love slip away too soon?
Abel: Tell me, Rima, where are the meadows of June? Speaking with her eyes, softly she replies,
Abel: I know a place where green mansions are, as near or far as any star up above.
Abel: And in this ...
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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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Song of Green Mansions
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Hepburn in an Odd Though Watchable Curio as a Jungle Girl
23 August 2006 | by (San Francisco, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

This must surely be the strangest movie that Audrey Hepburn made, though it's not without its virtues. Directed by her-then husband, actor Mel Ferrer, the 1959 movie is a fanciful adventure story where Hepburn plays Rima, a nymph-like "bird girl" living in the remotest part of the Venezuelan jungle. She is being hunted by the local Indian tribesmen for being an evil spirit, but she is protected first by her grandfather Nuflo and then by Abel, a young political refugee whom she rescues after he is bitten by a deadly coral snake. The slowly-paced story initially focuses on Abel's hazardous journey into the jungle with Joseph Ruttenberg's cinematography nicely capturing the authentic Amazon locations.

Rima shows up as a shadowy figure about a half-hour into the film and doesn't speak until about ten minutes later. Leave it to Hepburn to exhibit any sort of conviction in such an impossible role. Looking ethereal if a little too styled and coiffed (even without Givenchy) and sounding entirely too Euro-cosmopolitan, she still exudes Rima's innocence while discovering the darker secrets of her past. The rest of the cast is not as lucky. Anthony Perkins, a year away from "Psycho", is irritatingly unctuous as Abel when he is not simply confounded by his heroic role. His low point has to be the ridiculous scene when he sings a love song to Rima as he strums his guitar. And where exactly did the guitar come from? Familiar character actors show up in the oddest roles. Lee J. Cobb, heavily made up as a cross between Uncle Jesse Duke and Santa Claus, turns in yet another ham-fisted performance as Nuflo, and Henry Silva is cast as another exotic as the ultimately nefarious tribal leader. Nehemiah Persoff has a small bit at the beginning as a greedy trader, while Sessue Hayakawa, of all people, has a mostly silent role as the tribal leader. Adding to the artifice is the obvious use of soundstages and matte shots to replicate the jungle, and the ending is pure Hollywood sappiness. This is a curio for Hepburn fans.


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