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19 June 1962 (USA) See more »
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In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea, now West Papua or Irian Jaya... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Gerard Delloye ... Himself
Tony Saulnier ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herve de Maigret ... Himself
William Dexter ... Narrator (English version) (as William Peacock)
Jan Sneep ... Himself

Directed by
Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau 

Produced by
Arthur Cohn .... producer
René Lafuite .... producer
Original Music by
Jacques Lasry 
Cinematography by
Jean Bardes-Pages 
Gilbert Sarthre 
Film Editing by
Georges Arnstam 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerard Delloye .... assistant director
Sound Department
Herve de Maigret .... sound

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92 min
Color (Agfacolor)
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Referenced in Mafioso (1962)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
wimps? Hardly. An Impressive Adventure., 29 June 2006
Author: solarblast from United States

I see dogbowl thought these explorers were wimps. I believe they traveled 700-1000 miles in seven months, three people died, they were near starvation several times, several people had to be air lifted to the hospital near the end of their journey, they were lost many times, ran out of supplies (eventually resupplied from the air), among head hunters many times, endured high and low temperatures with rain and wind (and mud), and bitten by leeches and flying insects for days at a time. The territory they went through had never been explored by anyone other than some native tribes, and I doubt some of them had even explored much of the isolated and wild jungle traveled in this story.

New Guinea is the second largest island on the planet. Yes, they had help from bearers, and were funded by the Dutch government. I don't see how they could be called rich. The support was necessary. It was a large and bold scientific exploration. They did receive air support of food and supplies, which were delivered at the peril of the pilots on several occasions. It's a very good story, which is probably the last of such adventures of its type. Yes, the story is missing the modern cinematography touch, and the narration is somewhat matter of fact, but it's still quite an impressive story.

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