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  (in credits order)
Mario Almada ... Don Miguel
Eric del Castillo ... Capitán
Wolf Ruvinskis ... Coronel Venancio Salvatierra (as Wolf Rubinskis)
Alejandro Ciangherotti ... Jacinto

Xavier Marc ... Preso (as Javier Mark)
Marianne Sauvage ... María Reyna (as Mariana Lobo)
Rodrigo Puebla
Eduardo Noriega ... Coronel Vargas
René Barrera
Gloria Mestre
José Luis Caro
Maria Bardahl (as Maria Bardal)

Pedro Damián ... Preso joven
Ernesto Galindo
Roberto 'Flaco' Guzmán (as Roberto Guzmán)
Jorge Patiño ... Preso
Luis Rizo Casolo
Alonso Castaño ... Don Gumersindo, padre de María Reyna (as Alfonso Castaño)
Ramiro Ramírez
Samia Farah
Alfonso Alvarado ... Padre de Jacinto
J. Angel Rodriguez
Margarito Luna
Roberto Brondo
José Cora (as J. Ma. Cora de la Rosa)
Cristóbal Martell (as Cristobal Martel M.)
Victorio Blanco ... Preso viejo (as Victorio Blanco Sosa)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Magdaleno Barba ... Preso (uncredited)
Guillermo Bravo Sosa ... Nicanor (uncredited)
Ramiro Gamboa ... (uncredited)
Sergio Jimenez ... (uncredited)
Billy Motton ... (uncredited)
Rubén Márquez ... Preso (uncredited)
Héctor Jaime Pizano ... Preso (uncredited)

Directed by
René Cardona 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
René Cardona 
Icaro Cisneros 
Jose Leon Sanchez  novel

Produced by
René Cardona Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Raúl Lavista 
Cinematography by
Daniel López 
Film Editing by
Alfredo Rosas Priego 
Art Direction by
Salvador Lozano Mena 
Set Decoration by
Carlos Arjona 
Sound Department
Francisco Alcayde .... sound mixer
Abraham Cruz .... sound editor
Alfredo Solís .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
León Sánchez .... camera operator

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Also Known As:
"La isla de los hombres solos" - Mexico (original title)
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95 min


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Island of Lost Souls Lost, 8 October 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Island of Lost Souls (1974) is a Mexican Exploitation film following, not very successfully I might add, in the footsteps of the superb, Papillon (1973). Basically it is a poor man's version of an island convict escape attempt but there's really no big escape to set the piece up.

It's composed of vignettes and forced labor scenes and a beginning story that is blatantly absurd.

René Cardona Sr, who was an in-house Mexican Director, along with his son, did the film. Together they produced, directed and distributed numerous low-budget Exploitation films that weren't very good but are noted for having burnt out Hollywood actors and exotic themes (Guyana: Crime of the Century (1979), Carlos the Terrorist (1979), Cyclone (1978), The Bermuda Triangle (1978), ¡Tintorera! Tiger Shark (1977)).

It's padded by mundane scenes, that are most of the time, boring and don't add any drama. A hilarious escape scene includes a convict trying to make a swim for it against the wave current with a dead Pelican hat in full view of the guards. He's blown to bits by a fused dynamite (how it stayed lit in water we never know).

What's lacking is any concern for the main character, who is an annoying 40 year old "young man" who was wronged by a lascivious land owner. He disappears for most of the film and it takes a turn for the bizarre when the General goes mad and declares the prison a "free republic" but threatens to cut off the gonads of anyone attempting an escape. He faces a modern 1960's ship (notice radar) with an 1865 cannon in another unintentional comic scene. Guess who wins?

It's based on a novel, the author, whom I surmise was stuck on "Devil's Island" -- Islas Marías Federal Prison (Built in 1905), Islas Marías (an archipelago of four islands that belong to Mexico).

In all, there's not much here but see it if you have to at least for the laughable scenes and tinted color of the film stock.

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