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This adaptation of an Alistair MacLean novel involves Nazism as did the arguably most classic version of one of MacLean's books The Guns of Navarone (1961) which was directed by 'J Lee Thompson' and was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director and won for Best Special Effects. During the era that this movie was made, Thompson was regularly working making Charles Bronson vehicles for Cannon Films, the production company that made this MacLean adaption, but Thompson did not direct this MacLean movie. See more »
I'm sure that the original novel by Alistair McLean was a whole lot better than this film would indicate. It would almost have to be. This is a style of film making not seen since the pleasant days of Republic and Monogram Pictures were active. It's almost like a bad serial without as many chapter breaks.
A Mengele like scientist played with relish by Robert Vaughn as the Allied armies are closing in on both sides of Nazi Germany has to flee. Those concentration camp inmates, wonderful subjects for experimentation are going to become unavailable shortly and he wants to continue his research. He kills a Swiss investigator and his SS backer Donald Pleasance he merely wounds in a rather stupid double cross.
Fast forward twenty years to the Sixties and two fisted adventurer Michael Dudikoff is looking for a lost Inca city in the Amazon head waters where all kinds of strange things have been happening to the natives. All sorts of other people want to get to the city as well for varying motives. They team up with the intrepid Dudikoff leading the motley expedition.
River Of Death is a throwback to those old action adventure films that used to be churned out of those B studios by the bucket load. That's not necessarily a good thing. It might have been better had this been a satire of same, but River Of Death is as serious as a crutch.
What a serial this could have been, river pirates, corrupt police, lost city, Nazi scientists, what more could you want?
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