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Green Mansions (1959)

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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Storyline

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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...the forbidden forests beyond the Amazon See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

3 September 1959 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Flor Que Não Morreu  »

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Budget:

$3,288,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a massive box office flop for MGM, resulting in a loss of $2,430,000 ($20.5M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of Green Mansions
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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An impossible story to film, but Mel Ferrer almost brings it off.
13 March 2000 | by (Montclair, NJ) – See all my reviews

When I read Hudson's "Green Mansions" I thought, "Well, they'll never make a movie out of this!" But director Mel Ferrer gives it a good try and might have had even more success if he had cast a stronger actor than Anthony Perkins as the male lead. Audrey Hepburn is marvelous as Rima, the bird-girl (Who else could have played the role?) and the rest of the cast is strong, especially Henry Silva as a virile, villainous Indian. There's an imaginative use of Cinemascope and the score (mostly Bronislaw Kaper but some Heitor Villa-Lobos) is atmospheric and sensuous. The revised ending (Is she dead or isn't she?) fails but the book's conclusion isn't any better. For the Romantics among us. I've seen this movie several times and never fail to enjoy it.


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