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Back from Eternity (1956)

When a commercial plane force-lands in a South-American jungle, the passengers and pilots must patch-up the engines and escape the cannibal-infested area.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screen play by), Richard Carroll (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Bill Lonagan
Anita Ekberg ... Rena
Rod Steiger ... Vasquel
Phyllis Kirk ... Louise Melhorn
Keith Andes ... Joe Brooks
Gene Barry ... Jud Ellis
Fred Clark ... Crimp
Beulah Bondi ... Martha Spangler
Cameron Prud'Homme ... Prof. Henry Spangler
Jesse White ... Pete Boswick
Adele Mara ... Maria Alvarez - Stewardess
Jon Provost ... Tommy Malone
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Storyline

A South American plane loaded with an assortment of characters crash lands in a remote jungle area in the middle of a storm. The passengers then discover they are in an area inhabited by vicious cannibals and must escape before they are found. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Portofino See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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The twin engine plane that crashes is a Douglas DC2 built in 1935. It is still registered in Texas as 'active' by the FAA. See more »

Goofs

Rena is told she will be driven to L.A. to catch a plane to South America. Thomas Malone meets his son at this Los Angeles airport then drives away; a stranger following him. Yet the next day's newspaper report of his death states that he was found near Detroit's Municipal Airport after driving from the airfield. See more »

Quotes

Crimp: Oh, Miss. You're destination's the Blue Moon Casino, too.
Bill Lonagan: Yes.
Crimp: Well, I guess I just better take a look.
[Rena slaps Crimp]
Bill Lonagan: Say, surly. I like that!
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Remake of Five Came Back (1939) See more »

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Seldom rises above B-grade melodrama...
15 June 2003 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Why John Farrow decided there had to be a remake of FIVE CAME BACK (which he directed earlier) remains a mystery to me. The script here is pretty much the same thing--standard plane crash with survivors lost in the jungle--and all on a studio set that looks like no more than a studio set. So much for reality.

But the performances he draws from his cast are almost enough to make the film as engrossing as it strives to be. The passengers are a mixed lot--among them a beauteous Anita Ekberg who poses prettily but makes no real effort to act. On the other hand, Robert Ryan and Keith Andes, as co-pilots, Beulah Bondi and Cameron Prud'Homme as an elderly couple, Phyllis Kirk and Gene Barry as a mismatched young couple, and Jon Provost (before his Lassie fame) do excellent jobs considering the fact that their roles are stereotypes. There are also less fortunate roles played by Adele Mara, Jesse White and Fred Clark. Mara's sudden exit from the plane at the height of the storm at least spares her the difficulty of facing the rest of the film as a stranded stewardess.

Top-lined in the cast is Rod Steiger as a criminal facing execution once he is returned to authorities. In an ironic twist of fate, he's the one who eventually chooses who shall leave the jungle crash scene and who shall not.

Interesting, but no real improvement over the original except for a few of the performances. All in all, good B-picture entertainment.

The most convincing moments are the plane's anxious moments during a wild thunderstorm. This is by and far the most visually compelling part of the film in which Farrow's direction (and some good special effects) shows his capabilities.


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