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


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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Heitor Villa-Lobos composed a large-scale score for the picture, but most of it was rejected by the studio. Bronislau Kaper was commissioned to write a new score, but insisted on incorporating some of the Villa-Lobos music. Villa-Lobos reworked his score as a concert suite, "Floresta do Amazonas (Forest of the Amazon)". 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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Appealing romance, at least
29 October 2000 | by jann-6See all my reviews

After reading reviews of this film I expected it to be pretty bad. I wanted to see it anyway because I love Audrey Hepburn, and I always have an interest in seeing Anthony Perkins films since I loved him in Psycho (though I must admit I still haven't seen him do anything as well as he did Norman Bates.) So I put the tape in the VCR and expected something visually stimulating, but with a dull story. What I got was something visually stimulating, and a story interesting enough to keep me entertained. The scenery is gorgeous (though I agree with a previous comment that some of it looks fake), and Hepburn and Perkins are equally attractive. The music is heady and romantic (Tony Perkins sings - and he does this well!) A few scenes of primitive tribal rituals are the only inelegant parts of the film. I do think that Audrey Hepburn was miscast as "the bird girl"; she seems a bit too sophisticated for this type of role (and dare I say just a wee bit too old - she was about 30 at the time, playing a character constantly referred to as "that child.") But it doesn't matter. She was a great actress so she did this role well. Anthony Perkins did well at least in the more romantic scenes. The chemistry between them worked for me. The whole movie worked for me, at least on a hedonistic level. Green Mansions isn't a "great movie", but it's an enjoyable one.


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