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Where the River Runs Black (1986)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Chico Díaz ...
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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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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Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Lazaro  »

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Box Office

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$676,166 (USA)
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Beautiful and Enchanting
22 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie for years, but it has always "haunted" me, and I have never been able to forget it. I have frequently looked for it on DVD, hoping to see it pop up in stores or on Amazon, but it is apparently only available online as used VHS. I don't own it in any form, so I am wondering what the latest news is as to a future release on DVD.

Since I was very young, I have been a fan of jungle movies. Many of them have had shallow and silly plots, but this movie is about the human spirit's ability to survive. It is a beautiful story, and is visually stunning. It's right up there with "The Emerald Forest" which came out the same year.


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