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Zambo, King of the Jungle (1972)

Zambo, il dominatore della foresta (original title)
ZAMBO is king of the jungle! Deep in the jungles of central Africa, a lone figure moves swiftly through the trees. Often heard, sometimes seen, but never forgotten, the legend of ZAMBO is ... See full summary »

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George Ryon aka Zambo
Gisela Hahn ...
Grace Woodworth
Daniele Vargas ...
Perkins
Raf Baldassarre ...
Juanez
Attilio Dottesio ...
Prof. Woodworth
Mario Dionisi
Enrico Chiappafreddo ...
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ZAMBO is king of the jungle! Deep in the jungles of central Africa, a lone figure moves swiftly through the trees. Often heard, sometimes seen, but never forgotten, the legend of ZAMBO is about to become real! In another life he was framed for a murder he didn't commit and left to rot in a filthy African prison, only to deftly escape into the wilderness. Friend to both man and animal, Zambo selflessly protects the African people from the oppressive forces of the outside world. As the legend of Zambo becomes too big to ignore, an expedition led by explorers Professor Woodworth, Perkins, and Juanez presents Zambo with his greatest fear: discovery. With only his strength, wits, and the help of the jungle itself, Zambo is in for the fight of his life!

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A likable jungle adventure.
7 September 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Aptly described by other IMDb reviews as a "Spaghetti Tarzan", this might also be considered "Dances with Lions". Stiff and studly Brad Harris stars as George Ryon, falsely convicted of murder, who seizes his chance for escape while being transported by train. Handcuffed to a fellow prisoner, he travels into the heart of the African jungle. Eventually, he's discovered by natives, and comes to be regarded as a mythical white figure known as Zambo. Three years later, an expedition is launched to find a lost city, and Zambo becomes involved.

Largely predictable but hard to dislike, "Zambo" is reasonably fun. It benefits from location shooting in Tanzania and Uganda, and the atmosphere is undeniable. There's much footage of the local flora and fauna, and Zambo interacts with a few of the animals. The lions are calm around him, although at one point he does battle briefly with a very unconvincing gorilla. Romance also occurs as Grace Woodworth (the lovely Gisela Hahn), niece of the eminent Professor Woodworth (Attilio Dottesio), falls for the hunky jungle man. Villainy is supplied by the robust Raf Baldassarre as sleazy guide Juanez; slightly less of a problem is the character Perkins (Daniele Vargas), who gets rather greedy himself when he discovers a cache of jewels. The kid playing Zambos' loyal friend is very endearing.

It might be that some fans of Italian exploitation won't be completely satisfied because this film actually isn't all that trashy. But it certainly has its heart in the right place and is pleasant enough to watch for 91 minutes.

Seven out of 10.


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