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Both Indian shaman Julio Mamani and ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin seek medicinal plants in the basin of the Amazon River. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Linda Hunt ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jesse Corti ... Julio Mamani (voice)
Mark Plotkin ... Himself
Sydney Possuelo ... Himself
Adrian Villanueva ... Julio Mamani

Directed by
Kieth Merrill 
Writing credits
Kieth Merrill  and
Loren McIntyre 

Produced by
Kieth Merrill .... producer
Isaac Palmer .... executive producer
Jonathan Stern .... producer
Jonathan Stern .... producer
Scott Swofford .... line producer
Original Music by
Alan Williams 
Cinematography by
Mike Hoover 
Film Editing by
Stephen L. Johnson 
Production Management
Marggie Castellano .... local production manager (segment "Peru")
Rick Garside .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Canonica .... supervising sound recordist: mix stage
Lora Hirschberg .... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Michael L. McDonough .... sound: design
Michael L. McDonough .... supervising sound editor
David Abrahamsen .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
David Parker .... re-recording mixer: Saul Zaentz Film Center (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan G. Markowitz .... optical effects supervisor: Imagica USA
Camera and Electrical Department
John-Paul Beeghly .... assistant camera
Jack Tankard .... aerial photographer
Editorial Department
Kelly Edmunds .... assistant editor
James Manke .... post-production coordinator
Annie Toth .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... music engineer
Benoit Grey .... copyist
Larry Rench .... orchestrator

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38 min
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Said the film's composer, Alan Williams, in a 2001 interview, the film originally had a narration for the end of the film. "One of the best phone calls I have received was from the dubbing stage of Amazon. The director called to say that they were dumping the narration for the last 3 minutes of the film and were just playing my music. That never happens with a feature."See more »


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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
amazing footage, terrible production, 21 June 2006
Author: chris stafford from United States

The Amazon basin and the mysterious Indian tribes that live within its rainforests are subjects that are very near and dear to me. I studied this a bit in college, and I'm always a sucker for a documentary that purports to have new footage of the Amazon interior.

I paid four bucks last night to watch "Amazon" via on-demand cable. It was a huge let-down.

Actually, the film footage was actually very impressive. There were the obligatory machu picchu shots, sure, but also some great shots of the "amazon jungle railroad" which I was thrilled to finally see, great shots of the enormous headwater canyons in Peru, and some crazy Indian tribe footage where they had what looked like four foot rafters embedded in their chins. Also there were piranha, white-handed gibbons, pink dolphins, and electric eels. Plus shots of the rain forest canopy, which is not something you see very often. The IMAX team simply got some amazing footage out of this. I can't rate it highly enough - I'm sure it wasn't easy to get either.

But the production! I can't believe that somebody didn't put their foot down, and fire the director. The music made me want to watch the thing on "mute". 90 minutes of Synth-Pan-Flute ensembles... ugggh. The story was both retarded and offensive. They tried to make the Medicine Man Indian into some kind of modern explorer or something, but he never had a single intelligent thing to say. The narrator was not the worst part, but she wasn't very good either.

I'm just really angry that such amazing footage was ruined by such a stupid script and then completely trashed by *constant* and extremely annoying background music.

I hope someday someone buys the rights to this film and repackages it into a good documentary.

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