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Green Mansions (1959)

A young man in the jungles of Venezuela meets a strange girl of the forest and falls in love with her.

Director:

Mel Ferrer

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), William Henry Hudson (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audrey Hepburn ... Rima
Anthony Perkins ... Abel
Lee J. Cobb ... Nuflo
Sessue Hayakawa ... Runi
Henry Silva ... Kua-Ko
Nehemiah Persoff ... Don Panta
Michael Pate ... Priest
Estelle Hemsley Estelle Hemsley ... Cla-Cla
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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...the forbidden forests beyond the Amazon See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tropenglut See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,288,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,190,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,390,000, 31 December 1959
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Audrey Hepburn; and three Oscar nominees: Lee J. Cobb, Anthony Perkins and Sessue Hayakawa. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nuflo: 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.
Abel: Did you steal the gold from Riolama?
Nuflo: It was to be simple theft and flight. It was a massacre. They killed... they killed, and pillaged, and raped...
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Soundtracks

Song of Green Mansions
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Hepburn in an Odd Though Watchable Curio as a Jungle Girl
23 August 2006 | by EUyeshimaSee all my reviews

This must surely be the strangest movie that Audrey Hepburn made, though it's not without its virtues. Directed by her-then husband, actor Mel Ferrer, the 1959 movie is a fanciful adventure story where Hepburn plays Rima, a nymph-like "bird girl" living in the remotest part of the Venezuelan jungle. She is being hunted by the local Indian tribesmen for being an evil spirit, but she is protected first by her grandfather Nuflo and then by Abel, a young political refugee whom she rescues after he is bitten by a deadly coral snake. The slowly-paced story initially focuses on Abel's hazardous journey into the jungle with Joseph Ruttenberg's cinematography nicely capturing the authentic Amazon locations.

Rima shows up as a shadowy figure about a half-hour into the film and doesn't speak until about ten minutes later. Leave it to Hepburn to exhibit any sort of conviction in such an impossible role. Looking ethereal if a little too styled and coiffed (even without Givenchy) and sounding entirely too Euro-cosmopolitan, she still exudes Rima's innocence while discovering the darker secrets of her past. The rest of the cast is not as lucky. Anthony Perkins, a year away from "Psycho", is irritatingly unctuous as Abel when he is not simply confounded by his heroic role. His low point has to be the ridiculous scene when he sings a love song to Rima as he strums his guitar. And where exactly did the guitar come from? Familiar character actors show up in the oddest roles. Lee J. Cobb, heavily made up as a cross between Uncle Jesse Duke and Santa Claus, turns in yet another ham-fisted performance as Nuflo, and Henry Silva is cast as another exotic as the ultimately nefarious tribal leader. Nehemiah Persoff has a small bit at the beginning as a greedy trader, while Sessue Hayakawa, of all people, has a mostly silent role as the tribal leader. Adding to the artifice is the obvious use of soundstages and matte shots to replicate the jungle, and the ending is pure Hollywood sappiness. This is a curio for Hepburn fans.


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