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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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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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Adventure

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19 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Lazaro  »

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$676,166 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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11 April 2006 | by (Oman) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film on the Arts and Entertainment channel (A&E) in the 1960s when i was teaching in Montserrat. The next time it was screen i made sure my students saw it. What a wonderful experience! Since then, I periodically search Amazon.com in the hope that some company will have put it into DVD format. If anyone knows where it is available on DVD please send me a message. And those of you who haven't seen it, it's well worth your time. The film centers around issues that are so much in focus these days. We see the relationship between the Church and the indigenous people- the clash between both cultures. There is also the very topical issue of the exploitation of the Amazon environment and the relationship between the boy and river. The nature child learns that human civilization also has some lethal crocodiles. The script is beautiful and all the performances are excellent.


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