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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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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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Mix of religion and mysticism
15 October 2005 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Where the River Runs Black" (1986 - 97 minutes), directed by Christopher Cain, is a beautiful adaptation for the cinema of the awarded novel "Lazaro", of David Kendall. The film mix religion and mysticism when tells the history of a boy created in the Amazonian forest that is taken to be educated in an orphanage. The tram starts when an American missionary, the idealistic priest Mahoney (the actor Peter Horton) - that works in the region where the waters of the River Amazon becomes black -, knows a mysterious and sensual woman. A child is born of this relation and Mahoney dies. The boy, Lazarus, is played by a 10 years old Brazilian boy, Alessandro Rabelo who carried out the film side by side to the experienced actor Charles Durning (priest O'Reilly). Educated in the forest, Lazarus develops a strange relation with the "botos" (dolphins of the Amazon River). Of the wonderful landscapes of the Amazonian forest to the dirty and hard urban scenes, the story of magical realism maintain its attraction due to the delirious photograph of Juan-Ruiz Anchia. Entirely filmed in Brazil, the film had the participation of some Brazilian technicians and actors as Marcos Flaksman, Chico Diaz and Ariel Coelho


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