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Complete credited cast:
Vic Brennan
Juliette Gréco ...
Samuel Brennan
Gregory Ratoff ...
Aunt Cathleen
Customs Official
Marie Kean ...
Harold Goldblatt ...
The Priest
Maureen O'Dea ...
Margaret Brennan
J.G. Devlin ...
The Driving Instructor (as Jimmy Devlin)
Philip O'Flynn ...
John Brennan
Fergal Stanley ...
Davey Brennan
Jess Hahn ...
Ferguson, The first mate
Alain Saury ...
Lieutenant Francois
Jacques Marin ...
The Hotel Clerk


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Plot Keywords:

africa | irish | truck | adventurer


Across 30,000 Miles to the Fabled Ivory Coast!


Action | Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

July 1961 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Gamble  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Boyd nearly drowned while shooting this film. He was saved by co-star David Wayne, according to Boyd in a December 11, 1960 appearance as a Mystery Guest on What's My Line? (1950). See more »


The tailgate on the truck changes from open to closed several times when the truck is stuck in the river bed. See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 11 December 1960 (1960) See more »

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Fantastic voyage
15 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Except for the beginning which takes place in a chic wealthy sullen family -which does not fit well in the main plot-,"linear" best describes this movie.A minor movie for highly talented Richard Fleischer who had already directed Juliette Greco in "crack in the mirror" the year before.Greco has some lines in French with her compatriots Fernand Ledoux as a customs officer and Jacques Marin.Which is very useful to her Irish husband Stephen Boyd.

It's the story of the odyssey of a lorry through the jungle and its fevers ,its thieves ,its precipices and its rivers in spate .A critic called it " a cross between "African Queen" and "Le Salaire De La Peur" (wages of fear).Some of the scenes were more or less "inspired" by HG Clouzot's work (1953)but "Gamble" never reaches its level of intensity.Boyd ,Greco and David Wayne team up for better of for worse,and armed up with three hundred boxes of canned beer,they struggle against a hostile nature.

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