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Where the River Runs Black (1986)

An orphaned boy who was raised in the Amazon jungle is brought back to civilization by a priest who knows his father.

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Father O'Reilly
Alessandro Rabelo ...
Lazaro
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Segundo
Divana Brandão ...
Eagle Woman
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Father Mahoney
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Orlando Santos
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Mother Marta
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Sister Ana
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Raimundo (as Chico Diaz)
Marcelo Rabelo ...
Lazaro - 4 Years Old
Ariel Coelho ...
Francisco
Paulo Sergio Oliveira ...
Jose
Mario Borges ...
Brother Carlos
François Thijm ...
Luis
Geraldo Salles ...
Priest in Confessional
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Storyline

Father O'Reilly, an older priest, tells the story of Father Mahoney, Eagle Woman, and their son Lazaro. It's magic realism in the Amazon. Mahoney is a radical priest who ventures upstream where the river runs black. He encounters the beautiful and enchanting Eagle Woman, who can change from a dolphin to a woman. A few years later, their child Lazaro witnesses inter-loping gold prospectors commit a brutal and traumatizing murder. He goes to the city in Father O'Reilly's care, and there he sees the murderer, who's a politician. Lazaro seeks revenge, which puts him in further danger. He runs back into the jungle, where the dolphins may be his best hope for help. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Deep in the Amazon, a woman more beautiful than a vision gave birth to a child of mystery... and a legend began.

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19 September 1986 (USA)  »

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$676,166 (USA)
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Mysteriously And Visually Stunning
28 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This movie, if I remember correctly, originally aired on HBO.

A friend of mine taped it for me and sent it to me as a gift because he had an idea I would like it.

Boy, was that an understatement.

The movie reminded me of a Tarzan movie called "Tarzan And The Jungle Boy", where they find a boy who crashed in the jingle and spent years there before he was found.

The two brothers who play Lazaro, Alessandro Rabelo and Marcelo Rabelo, look so much alike that it's no wonder they chose them to play the same character at different ages. They both give a stunning performance as the adoreable jungle boy.


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