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Vic Brennan
Juliette Gréco ...
Marie
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Samuel Brennan
Gregory Ratoff ...
Kaltenberg
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Aunt Cathleen
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Customs Official
Marie Kean ...
Cynthia
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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Across 30,000 Miles to the Fabled Ivory Coast!

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25 July 1961 (West Germany)  »

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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 »

Goofs

The floating tree branch that hits Vic is the same one that Samuel watched float by hours earlier. (Samuel saw the branch when they got stuck in the river, Vic got hit when the truck was nearly unloaded of nearly 300 cases of beer.) See more »

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

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5 April 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The story of three people (Stephen Boyd, Juliette Greco and David Wayne) that go all the way from Ireland to the Ivory Coast in Africa to put on a truck business there.

Real action is supposed to start when they take a cargo of beer by truck through half the dark continent, but it never quite does; in fact the film recalls one of those current PC games for kids where they mustremove lots of obstacles in order to reach a final goal; here they have to free the truck from the Custom house, put aside a huge down tree across the road, go backwards in a thin pass with a mountain and an abyss on each side, avoid a crook who wants to steal their cargo, cross a wide growing river with the vehicle and go down full speed on a narrow road without brakes, but in fact powerful action and thrills never appear.

Stephen Boyd does well as the leader of the group but doesn't add much to his acting career with this one. Juliette Greco looks sensual and interesting as his wife and David Brian just goes along.

Definitely not one of prolific and versatile director Richard Fleischer's best products, perhaps "The Big Gamble" stands a watch but no much more than that.


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