A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a revolution. Hoping to find peace, he goes to the mountains and the forests of the Amazon. There he encounters Rima, the Bird Girl, an orphan living a life of nature. It is all an admirable romance telling a tale of "quest, love, and violence."Written by
Vincente Minnelli originally started filming with Pier Angelli and Edmund Purdom starring, but MGM chiefs hated the footage, and cancelled the production. See more »
While walking through the forest looking for her grandfather, Rima's hair changes from being in front of to behind her shoulders between shots. See more »
When I was a young man I fell in with bad companions. By the time I was 40 I had sunk to ranging the countryside with a gang of ruffians. Oh, I flattered myself I was the least offensive of the lot. I never killed anyone, never stole - except to live.
Did you steal the gold from Riolama?
It was to be simple theft and flight. It was a massacre. They killed... they killed, and pillaged, and raped...
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An impossible story to film, but Mel Ferrer almost brings it off.
When I read Hudson's "Green Mansions" I thought, "Well, they'll never make a movie out of this!" But director Mel Ferrer gives it a good try and might have had even more success if he had cast a stronger actor than Anthony Perkins as the male lead. Audrey Hepburn is marvelous as Rima, the bird-girl (Who else could have played the role?) and the rest of the cast is strong, especially Henry Silva as a virile, villainous Indian. There's an imaginative use of Cinemascope and the score (mostly Bronislaw Kaper but some Heitor Villa-Lobos) is atmospheric and sensuous. The revised ending (Is she dead or isn't she?) fails but the book's conclusion isn't any better. For the Romantics among us. I've seen this movie several times and never fail to enjoy it.
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