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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 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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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ironically, given the title Back From Eternity, this was the first film by model Vikki Dougan, who made the "backless dress" famous (later used for Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?). See more »

Goofs

Vasquel walks away from the group around the fire pit and the follow up shot shows him relieving himself . See more »

Quotes

Pete Boswick: That's just it, boss. Why don't you get a woman here and send her instead of me?
Thomas J. Malone: Because I don't know any woman that carries a gun.
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Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

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A Very Decent Airplane Movie
23 July 2003 | by sawyertomSee all my reviews

This might be considered a B movie, but it is in a word very entertaining. The cast of different characters and portrayals of those roles are very well done. The movie sets you up for what is about to happen and then plunges you full throttle into the story. It is every bit as entertaining and full of drama as the later Airport movies of the 1970's. In fact, in many ways this is much better. It is very fun to see Jesse White in a role other than the Maytag repair man. The same can be said for actors Fred Clark, Jon Provost, Gene Barry and the rest who were more famous for other roles. You have to love Rod Steiger's character. He is definitely the most interesting in the movie. It is a nice little movie in character studies and how they deal with a forced landing in a jungle clearing with a cannibal tribe nearby. This movie stacks up to the airport and other flight disaster movies quite well. I first saw this as a teenager and I never forgot it, especially when the decision had to be made to see who stayed behind and especially who made the decision. For this being a B movie it is still very first rate and gets an A in viewing pleasure.


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