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Rio 70 (1969)
"Die sieben Männer der Sumuru" (original title)

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Sumuru, the beautiful leader of the all-female kingdom of Femina, plans to use her women to take over the world.

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Credited cast:
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Sumuru / Sumitra
Richard Wyler ...
Jeff Sutton
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Sir Masius
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Lesley
Herbert Fleischmann ...
Carl
Marta Reves ...
Ulla Rossini (as Martha Reves)
Elisa Montés ...
Irene (as Eliza Montes)
Walter Rilla ...
Ennio Rossini
Beni Cardoso ...
Yana Yuma (as Beny Cardoso)
Valentina Godoy ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geraldo José Torres Camargo
Maria de Lourdes
Yuma Duarte
Cornélio dos Santos Farias
Alberto Land
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Storyline

Jeff Sutton arrives in Rio de Janeiro with a suitcase with 10 million dollars, and the powerful mobster Sir Masius sends his henchman Carl with his gangsters to follow Jeff and get the money. Jeff has one affair with the manicure Leslye and succeeds to escape from Sir Masius' mobsters. Meanwhile, Sumuru, the leader of the women of the City of Femina that wants to defeat the men and take over the world, captures Jeff and brings him to Femina expecting to get the money. Sumuru has several prisoners locked in glass cages, including Ulla Rossini, who knows Jeff Sutton. Jeff discloses to Ulla that his arrival is part of a plan to save her from Sumuru. Jeff Sutton becomes a pawn in the middle of the war between Masius and Sumuru. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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20 March 1972 (Spain)  »

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DIRECTOR CAMEO [Jesús Franco]: Guitar Player. See more »

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During the main battle, as the invading helicopters are shooting at the female army from the sky, you can see several instances of the same, exact scenes of some women dropping dead multiple times, only from different angles throughout the entire battle. See more »

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THE GIRL FROM RIO (Jesus Franco, 1969) **
13 May 2011 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Back when this came out on DVD through Blue Underground, I used to purchase films on disc regularly, and I even acquired about a dozen of this notorious director's work in the said format (including a number of Harry Alan Towers productions such as this is and 2 Fu Manchu pictures – created, like the Sumuru figure here, by Sax Rohmer). However, I gradually started to hold back and then stopped altogether (though I did place a couple of orders during the last few months, with Franco's LORNA…THE EXORCIST {1974] actually figuring among the titles!), so that most of what came my way thereafter – THE GIRL FROM RIO included – was via ulterior sources.

The film - known by a variety of other inappropriate monikers such as FUTURE WOMEN, MOTHERS OF America (!}, THE SEVEN SECRETS OF SUMURU (the English translation of its official German title) and RIO 70 - is a sequel to the recently-viewed THE MILLION EYES OF SUMURU (1967), with Shirley Eaton reprising the lead role (though she is actually called Sunanda here!); being Franco, the erotic element is much more to the fore in this case, with some mild if gratuitous nudity (straight from its opening moments!) which, however, does not involve Eaton but rather heroine Maria Rohm (Towers' own wife!). Typically, we get an ageing would-be star for the hero (CHARGE OF THE LANCERS {1954}'s Richard Wyler!) and a veteran presence clearly there to pick up a paycheck (George Sanders, who is made to ogle girls more than half his age and read comic-books while his henchmen rough-up the heroine!). While it is clear that Franco made these sort of films as a director-for-hire, he still attempted to incorporate his trademark concerns and imbue them with his recognizable style – at least on that front, this works to a certain extent: the colorful Rio locations are striking (we are also treated to a title song!) and, though carnival footage (which was also featured in the director's masterpiece VENUS IN FURS {1969}) is adopted as padding more than anything else, there is a chase scene in which the pursuers are rendered more sinister by donning masks; equally notable are the vaguely futuristic sets and kinky costumes.

Wyler is ostensibly a criminal who had looted 10 million dollars; this attracts both mastermind Sanders and ruler of 'Femina' Eaton (amusingly, she has been 'collecting' similarly audacious malefactors, among whom is the infamous Great Train Robbery fugitive{!}, and torturing them via a beam-less laser gun, that would also turn up later in Franco's DEVIL'S ISLAND WOMEN {1972}!). Another form of cruelty has the men pinned down to the floor and left at the mercy of a succession of voluptuous and previously-repressed girls (which, again, the director seems to have liked and re-used in the similarly below-average BLUE RITA {1977]). Along the way, the hero is also involved with Rohm (who surprisingly proves duplicitous), Sanders' kooky secretary and, of course, Eaton herself (in this, she frequently forsakes her dark wig from the previous film to show off her naturally, and frankly more appealing, blonde hair!). The film then climaxes with a virtual retread of the original's, as Eaton's compound is raided (by Sanders' men in choppers) and, though they put up a valiant fight (somewhat better than before since both Sanders and his mistress succumb themselves), it still ends with an explosion and Eaton herself fleeing…but Sumuru would not be back for another adventure (at least from these hands)!


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