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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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19 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Lazaro  »

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$676,166 (USA)
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Beautiful Movie & Powerful Story
13 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a powerful story and a beautiful movie. Worth seeing if you can find it. The photography and the images are stunning. I saw the movie last on a Olympic cruise down the Amazon which made it even more magical.

The movie tells the story of Lazaro, son of a priest and a beautiful woman who lived deep in the Amazon jungle. When Lazaro's mother is killed the dolphins raise him and the local Indians begin to call him Dolphin Boy believing he is part human, part dolphin. It is a powerful story of Lazaro's conflicts with society but it is also the conflict between nature and man or progress. As others have commented it is the kind of movie that only comes along once every ten years.

If you enjoy the movie you should look for the original book Lazaro by David Kendall. The imagery in the book is so vivid in some ways it is better than the movie.


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