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The Naked Jungle (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 3 March 1954 (USA)
The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.

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Byron Haskin

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Philip Yordan (screenplay), Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Joanna Leiningen
Charlton Heston ... Christopher Leiningen
Abraham Sofaer ... Incacha
William Conrad ... Commissioner
Romo Vincent ... Boat Captain
Douglas Fowley ... Medicine Man
John Dierkes ... Gruber
Leonard Strong ... Kutina
Norma Calderón Norma Calderón ... Zala (as Norma Calderon)
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It's 1901. At 19, tough, stubborn Christopher Leiningen came to South America and built levees to claim thousands of acres of Rio Negro river land for a chocolate plantation. Now 34, with no knowledge of women, he recruits a mail-order bride in New Orleans. She's beautiful, independent, and arrives ready to be his stalwart helpmate; however, no one has told him she's a widow. He rejects her. During the next week, as she awaits the boat to take her back to the US, they learn that legions of army ants will strike in a few days' time. She joins the fight to save the plantation; their courage and his probable loss of all he's worked for may crack his resolve to send her away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He dared the dreaded MARABUNTA - DEADLIEST FORCE IN ALL OF NATURE! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bushmaster See more »

Filming Locations:

Florahome, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Commissioner: Leiningen, you're up against a monster twenty miles long and two miles wide... forty square miles of agonizing death! You can't stop it!
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It couldn't be made today - so let's be thankful it was made when it was
31 July 1999 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

You don't hear the word `jungle' much these days ... Somehow, `The Naked Rainforest' doesn't do it for me. Say `the naked jungle' softly to yourself, and the images that come to mind will give you a good idea of what to expect. No, sadly you won't see the naked Eleanor Parker - this is 1954. But there IS a particularly erotic scene, all things considered...

Okay, maybe a trillion omnivorous ants weren't what you expected, either. Consider them a bonus. This is the story of a mail-order bride and a wealthy plantation owner (the sort of character likely to be played by Charlton Heston) who come to fall in love with each other partly because of savage external forces (ants), and partly, to be honest, because there's not much else to do in the middle of the jungle. The extended coda in which they must fight tooth and nail to save the plantation from ruin is thus not tacked on to the romance, but an integral part of it. And it's exciting even if you don't give a fig for the love story.


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