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Vic Brennan
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Marie
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Samuel Brennan
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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
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Ferguson, The first mate
Alain Saury ...
Lieutenant Francois
Jacques Marin ...
The Hotel Clerk
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Vic Brennan persuades his family to put up money for him to leave Dublin for the remote African town of Jebanda in order to start up a truck-hauling business. The family agrees to give Vic the money under the stipulation that his cousin Samuel goes with him to protect their investment.

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Across 30,000 Miles to the Fabled Ivory Coast! See more »

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25 July 1961 (West Germany)  »

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Das große Wagnis  »

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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 »

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