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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.


Mel Ferrer


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




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


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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...W.H. Hudson's unforgettable story of love and adventure in the South American jungles! See more »


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This film was a massive box office flop for MGM, resulting in a loss of $2,430,000 ($20.5M in 2017) according to studio records. 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 »


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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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »


Song of Green Mansions
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Bizarre Yet Interesting
14 July 2005 | by jackmagicjck2See all my reviews

I have heard people harp on and on about how bad this movie is and how Anthony Perkins and Audrey Hepburn were sooooo miscast! While the film is certainly no 'Psycho' or 'Roman Holiday', it is a lot better than people give it credit for. Everyone seems to come down pretty hard on Perkins especially, because he seems out of place or isn't 'rugged enough' for the role. Those people probably are the people who want to see him as Norman Bates and nothing else. I think his performance was just fine. He has this sensitivity and this almost childlike innocence, and sense of adventure that i think is ideal. He is no John Wayne, he is like an adventurous young child. But that innocence is perfect for the scenes he has with Hepburn. and while he is not the traditional leading man, it makes him all the more interesting. I think if the male lead was too good looking it would just be phony looking. Audrey Hepburn's trademark gentleness is ideal for this part. My only complaint about her is the fact that her hair and her make-up are flawless no matter what, but it really isn't her fault. Originally cast was Pier Angeli, who although a good actress lacked the same kind of gentleness that Hepburn had. If anyone looks silly here it's Lee J. Cobb. He looks more like a cross between Santa Claus, and a hillbilly, more than a South American. As for the film itself, it started off really well, but got kind of bizarre as it went on. After the scene were the three leads, leave Rima's (Hepburn) home i started to lose my interest. And when it came time for big emotional outbursts the actors fail to deliver. One of Hepburn's emotional outbursts comes out of nowhere, and is so phony i can't even explain. She wasn't so great at being angry i guess. However the intimate scenes between Perkins and Hepburn are moving. and i think this was the first time Hepburn took on a 'sexy' role like this. This is not her worst movie, i think it's actually better than 'Charade,' which i thought was overrated. The film has it's flaws but those flaws do not just lie in the performances as most people say.

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Release Date:

3 September 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,288,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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