A South-American fashion photo shoot turns into a diamond mine seeking adventure for an American photographer and his model.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Morris
Alison Duguesne
Sammy Ryderbeit
Dennis McCune (incorrectly given in credits as 'Crowley')
Raul Ortega
George Rose ...
Captain Stopes
Coronel Celaya
Vincent Beck ...
Natividad Vacío ...
Hotel Proprietor
Pepito Galindo ...
Victor Millan ...
Helicopter Pilot
Customs Agent


A famous fashion photographer is trapped in a remote South American country with a beautiful model and together with some unscrupulous characters, become involved in the search for a lost diamond mine. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Deep In The Jungle They Hunted The Diamonds... The Woman... And Each Other!


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Release Date:

4 November 1968 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Fiebre de codicia  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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'Shirley Maclaine' was originally set to star as Alison Duquesne. See more »


Coronel Celaya: Not quite the bungler you try to appear. Ha-ha! Mr. Morris, I'm becoming rather fond of you.
Ben Morris: Well, I'm glad. I think. Now do we get our lipsticks back?
Coronel Celaya: You have my word, as one professional to another, that if at the end of the week I still haven't discovered the *real* purpose of that material, I shall not only give it back, but you may be present when I design my commission, huh?
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Referenced in The Projectionist (1971) See more »

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Rather Boring and Hollow
15 January 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

I didn't know anything about the film before seeing it. I just saw it on the shelf at my local library and the cover made me think it might be a fun flick, a la "Romancing the Stone." Well, it wasn't.

There is plenty of potential for fun, adventure and intrigue (as the cover promises) with Garner, Kennedy and Renzi - who's quite easy on the eyes. But the story (which the plot summary does a fine - albeit no frills - job of covering) and acting is so lackluster, it never gets off the ground. Poorly timed jokes delivered with about as much enthusiasm as someone reading a dictionary; action that is very stilted and uninspired; and intrigue? - it was tacked on to the last 30 seconds of the film.

Besides the fact that less than a few minutes of this takes place in what anyone could consider a "jungle" (after viewing the movie, I found out the title actually refers to a color of lipstick, but the picture on the cover makes it look like it might take place in a jungle setting). The bulk of the movie actually takes place in the desert. In theory, there's nothing wrong with that - but that's not what I was expecting from the title and the cover.

Rather disappointing, overall.

My rating: 5

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